Lourdes castle's legend

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Lourdes castle Castle Charlemagne Legend

Do you know where does the name Lourdes come from? Here's the legend... At the end of the 8th century, Charlemagne conquered all the area and arrived in front of Lourdes city. A Saracen lord, Mirat, who lived here, defended the stronghold. Charlemagne and his army didn't try a siege. No, they patiently waited...

One day, an eagle perched on the castle's highest tower, and dropped a big fished at Mirat's feet. This one picked it up and threw it over the surrounding wall. Charlemagne saw this and thought that Mirat and his troops had enough foods... too much food that they could spoil it! The king knew that a siege was doomed to fail... so he left! Mirat kept the fortress and was baptised with the Christian name Lorus!


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