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Pyrénées Spas

Since the dawn of European tourism, the lure of enjoying spa waters at Cauterets, Barbazan and other Pyrenees mountain towns attracted visitors from Paris and beyond. Bagnères-de-Bigorre, was made famous by Victorian travelers in search of diversion, healing waters and … Continue reading

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Our Lady of the Holy Waters

Lourdes’ rise to fame came about after the visions of a poorly nourished and sickly teenager in the misty gloom of the Massabielle grotto in 1858. Other towns in the area were already popular tourist destinations, attracting northern Europeans and … Continue reading

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The Historical Economics of Pilgrimage

“All the major regions and leading cities of Spain possessed images of Mary or of Christ which attracted pilgrims and whose sanctuaries were lined with testimonies of the miraculous cures they had wrought.” Brading, D.A. (2001).  Mexican Phoenix, Our Lady … Continue reading

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