Be a detective for a day

Published on 17 September 2021 - 10:00

To mark the the European Heritage Days on the 18-19th September 2021, the Sanctuary invites you to “open your eyes” and discover the hidden elements of its heritage.

Get your magnifying glasses ready! Can you identify and locate the following details (answers below)?

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1- This dove is part of a mosaic in the Chapel of the Visitation, in the Rosary Basilica (above the main stage). The dove represents the Holy Spirit but is also the universal symbol of Peace.

2- A scene from the Apparitions, a detail from the bronze column by Joseph-Michael Neustifter (2009) located in front of the Accueil Notre-Dame (the Accueil for the sick). In the form of a parchment, 4.5m high, it illustrates the history of the Sanctuary and the great saints.

3- This stone plaque marks the exact location where Bernadette Soubirous was during the Apparitions of the Virgin Mary in 1858.

4- The zodiac sign of Libra is visible along with other signs on the facade of the Rosary Basilica.
As on the doorways of medieval cathedrals, the 12 signs of the zodiac evoke the creation of the world. They are not in their classic order since we have from left to right: Aquarius (prone character holding an urn), Pisces, Aries, Taurus, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius (represented by a centaur) and Capricorn (horse).

5- Detail from the Celtic cross in granite given to the Sanctuary by the Irish and blessed in 1913 at the base of the Espélugues Stations of the Cross. It was made by artist William Gaffney. Around Christ on the Cross, the mysteries of the Rosary are depicted. This is the Nativity.

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