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“Peaceful convent and town, befitting a beloved Saint”

Saint Gildard Convent & Museum
Ranked #3 of 21 things to do in Nevers
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 455 helpful votes
“Peaceful convent and town, befitting a beloved Saint”
Reviewed September 13, 2012

I could understand why Saint Bernadette loved the Convent of St. Gildard, and perhaps even the town if she ever ventured outside the Convent.

On arrival at the Gare de Nevers, I took a taxi to Espace Bernadette -- at the Convent of St. Gildard -- where the Sisters of Charity of Nevers offer rooms and meals to pilgrims at very reasonable rates. There is also a Gite ( St. Michel ) , for groups. For more information visit the website www.sainte-bernadette-nevers.com

The convent has a beautiful chapel , in which the incorrupt body of our young Saint lies in a beautiful glass casket. It was a moving experience when I first set eyes upon her. I visited the Chapel often over the two days of my visit.

Mass is said in the Chapel at 11.30 am everyday except Sunday when it is at 10 am. There is an 8 am Mass on Mon, Wed, Fri and Sat. The Blessed Sacrament is exposed at all times and priests , nuns and volunteers are always on hand to speak with pilgrims.

"In the footsteps of Bernadette" is a guided walk around the Convent and its grounds, stopping at key points which were important to the Saint, for prayer and contemplation -- this is a must for any pilgrim.

The Grotto, a replica of the one at Lourdes, is a gathering place for pilgrims to pray the Rosary.

The town itself is on the banks of the Loire River , with some interesting sights -- the Ducal Palace, Cathedral St. Cyr -St. Julitte , several other beautiful churches , the medieval part of town and a pedestrianized shopping/restaurant area. The town is not remarkable , but quiet and pretty.

This is a place worth visiting for prayer and meditation, and retreats which are held regularly.

There are regular trains to and from Paris Bercy -- a day trip from Paris is do-able and inexpensive.

Visited August 2012
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“Very moving and peaceful”
Reviewed September 3, 2011

We took the train from Paris to Nevers it took 2 hours. The convent is about 15 min walk from the station or there is taxis outisde the station as well. I have been to Lourdes and wanted to see St. Bernadette body she is an amazing person and saint. Her body was easy to find its in the church and i was so moved when i seen her, she is just beautiful and looks so peaceful. You can go for a walk around the gardens that she herself walked around. I loved it and it was really brilliant to finally see the beloved saint of Lourdes. Definately worth a visit. Pray for us all St. Bernadette.

Visited August 2011
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“I hope St Bernadette found it as peaceful to be there as I did.”
Reviewed June 23, 2011

After all the of hustle Lourdes it is nice to go to the calm of Nevers to experience the other side of Bernadette's story. I went by train from Paris Bercy station booking ahead return £23 journey time 2 1/4 hours each way. Mass at 11.30. Nevers itself has little to offer apart from cathedral.

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Peterborough U.K.
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“Saint Gildards Convent & Gardens Heaven on earth”
Reviewed November 27, 2008

What a real privilage to be allowed to walk inside Saint Gildards Convent grounds and gardens in Nevers and to venerate Saint Bernadette.
Bernadette is the most beautiful woman that I have ever seen, as I stood near her casket I prayed for Sinners, the message from Lourdes. I also prayed for Saint Bernadette as she requested we do always when we can, and for other saints as well.
I hope one day to be able to return and pray for longer in the chapel there.
J.B. Burton.

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Dublin, Ireland
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“See the body of St. Bernadette”
Reviewed August 28, 2007

For anyone who has been on pilgrimage to Lourdes, this is such an excellent follow up trip. It is an amazing place. The convent is immaculately kept, and the church where St. Bernadette's body is kept in a glass case is so peaceful and quiet. The best way to get to Nevers is to hire a car (we drove from Paris, it took about three hours). It does take a lot of effort to make this trip, but it is well worth that effort!!

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