The church devoted to Our Lady of Lourdes (1913) quickly became too small when faced with the influx of pilgrims coming to implore the Virgin during the First World War. The ceremonies were therefore held on adjoining land on which it was soon decided to build, starting in 1915, a recreation of the grotto at Lourdes. It quickly drew thousands of faithful who pinned a myriad of votive offerings, booklets, photos, letters, flowers, crucifixes and pieces of cloth to its stone and reinforced concrete walls. The imitation rock structures, made from cement, are a perfect replica of the real thing! It is difficult to tell the replica at Jette apart from the Grotto of Massabielle, in Lourdes, where the Virgin appeared on a number of occasions, starting in 1858, to a young local girl named Bernadette Soubirous. Numerous pastiches or exact copies were erected throughout Europe. However, in Jette, it is worth mentioning that a stone from the rock of Lourdes was placed under the statue of the Virgin and that the altar was offered by King Albert I and Queen Elisabeth. The grotto is surrounded by a vast, beautiful garden containing trees, some of which are one hundred years old, shrubs and a wide variety of plants and flowers. Around the pond, fifteen small chapels allude to the mysteries of the rosary. Fourteen others can be found further on, with the Stations of the Cross.
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