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Information about Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto

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Type
Religious Sites
Location
Lourdes Grotto Steps, Baguio, Benguet, Philippines
Distance From City Center
278 m
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No
Average rating
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Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto

The Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto is a Catholic shrine located in Baguio City. It one of the most well-known tourist attraction in the City of Pines and is easily one of the most photographed spots in the city. Perched on Mirador Hill, the grotto can get populous on Sundays and Holy Week, most notably during Holy Thursday and Good Friday, as pilgrims and devotees come to ask for a blessing from the Virgin Mary.

History

Built in 1913, the Lourdes Grotto is a fundamental add-on of the Mirador Jesuit Villa, with Fr. Jose Algue, S.J., the director of the Manila Observatory, leading its construction. The Jesuit scholastics (seminarians), brothers, and fathers made use of the same limestone in the establishment of the shrine.

The stairway, from the foot of the hill up to the grotto, was completed after five years. It is made up of 252 steps that were made of stones but was covered with cement later on. On July 16, 1990, an earthquake destroyed the stairs, so it was restored, and a center rail was installed for the elderly’s comfort. On March 2007, an extension of more than 150 square meters was made, and a handicap route was provided for the convenience of the pilgrims.

What to See

A statue of Our Lady of Lourdes that can be seen in the shrine is made of polychromed molave. It was carved by famous sculptor Isabelo Tampingco, whose name is engraved at the back of the image. Above the figure is an arched Latin phrase “Tota Pulchra Es Maria,” which means “You Are All Beautiful, Mary.” The grotto rewards its visitors with a panoramic view of the city.

A “Kapilya nina Hesus at Maria” also stands in the Lourdes Grotto, with a statue of the Our Lady of Lourdes on the right and Divine Mercy on the left. In addition, visitors can explore The Shrine of The Lord, which is the peak of the planned outdoor Stations of the Cross.