Nevers, town of 40,000 inhabitants in the Nievre department, is an important place of pilgrimage as the final resting place of St Bernadette, who rests in the chapel of the Convent of St Gildard.


She arrived in Nevers in 1866, eight years after her celebrated visions at Lourdes, and remained there, taking the name of Sister Marie-Bernard, until her death in 1879 at the age of 35. She was canonized in 1933.

Up to 500,000 pilgrims per year come to the convent, from Catholic countries all over the world.

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