The Lourdes Grotto in Baguio City is well known because of its 252 steps. In order to reach the top of the grotto you will have to climb all 252 steps, before you can offer flowers or candles to the image of the Our Lady of Lourdes located at the top. Many tourists and devotees visit the Lourdes Grotto to meditate, offer candle and offer prayers along with their family. The Lourdes Grotto was built to commemorate the different visions of the Virgin Mary by Bernadette Soubirous which occurred in 1858 at the town of Lourdes in France. These visions were proclaimed by the Pope to be authentic in the year 1862. Today, the Lourdes Grotto is a place of pilgrimage for devotees during the commemoration of the Holy Week especially during Holy Thursday and Good Friday.
For those who are unable to make the climb, they can actually take their private vehicle or a take a taxi and bring them along the narrow winding road which puts you 3/4 of the way, parking is provided at the side. If you forgot to bring with you candles or flower to be offered to the Lady of Lourdes do not worry as there are vendors selling such.
If you took the stairs to climb the grotto, we suggest that you take the winding road for your descent, this way you will be able to see the huge statue of the risen Christ which is found on the side of that winding road. If you decide to take on climbing the stairs make sure that you are physically fit, rest in between and don’t forget to bring a bottle of water. If you wish to meditate and offer prayers while you are in the City of Pines, the Lourdes Grotto is one of the places that you should visit.
Entrance Fee: None
Also Visit: Heritage Hill/Diplomat Hotel