Currents News Staff
During the height of the pandemic, one of the most popular destinations for pilgrims, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, closed to the public for the first time in its history, so one entrepreneur used his drone piloting skills to transform the experience, creating a free tour online, where viewers can enjoy the shrine virtually.
The pilot was given rare exclusive access to the shrine while working on the project and was in awe of its vastness.
“When you’re alone in the sanctuary, you feel very small, because it’s very huge,” said Célian de la Rochefoucauld. “And you can’t see how huge is the sanctuary if you’re not alone, I think, in this place. And for a Christian, it was something very exciting and very impressive.”
The tour includes visual and audio guides with historical information about the shrine as well as background information on the rosary and other Marian prayers. The virtual tour is free and available online, just go to youheritage.com or to the Sanctuary of Lourdes app.