NATIONAL SHRINE GROTTO OF LOURDES
The Grotto is graced with beautiful buildings and amenities...
One first notices the Pangborn Memorial Campanile... The bell tower was dedicated in 1967 as a gift of the Pangborn Foundation of Hagerstown, Maryland. It is 95 feet high and crowned with a 25-foot, gold-leafed bronze figure of the Blessed Mother. It stands on the site of Father DuBois’ original Church on the Hill, which burned down in 1913.
The Campanile houses 14 cast bronze bells ranging from 99 to 1,408 pounds in weight. The bells were furnished by Petit and Fritsen, Ltd., Aarle-Ritel, Holland, and purchased from the I.T. Verdin Company in Cincinnati, Ohio.
St. Mary’s Chapel on the Hill is the main chapel of the Grotto. It seats 450 people. The Chapel offers vistas of the valley below and mountainside around it.
Corpus Christi Chapel is the third chapel to stand on the blessed spot where Fr. DuBois originally began the Grotto by placing a cross in a large tree there. Constructed around 1908, its stone structure is a sturdy reminder of 200 years of faith, hope and love at the Grotto. The Holy Eucharist is kept here for devotion and prayer.
The Grotto Cave is the center of the Grotto. Located here are the beautiful statue of our Lady of Lourdes, hundreds of small and larger devotional candles, the Grotto stream, St. Bernadette’s statue and benches for reflection and peaceful repose.
Parking and Rest Rooms: The Grotto has two paved parking lots for cars and buses, with more than 240 spaces. Restrooms and a water fountain are located inside the Visitors Center.
All places in the Grotto are wheelchair accessible, except the steps immediately before Corpus Christi Chapel and the lane leading to The Calvary Setting statue by the Grotto Cave.