The Grotte de Massabielle is carved out of an ancient feudal motte on which the keep of a former fortified castle once stood. It was built following a vow made by Abbé Chevalier during the Second World War: if Balinghem was spared major disasters, he would erect a monument.
With the help of villagers and other benefactors, the grotto was built and inaugurated in 1947.
The chapel, dedicated to the nativity of Notre-Dame, was rebuilt in 1558, after the expulsion of the English from Calais, who had destroyed the old church.
50 years later, this historic site, recently purchased by the commune, has been restored.
Come and discover the sacred history of the Grotte de Massabielle and its chapel in Balinghem, where mystical beauty and serenity invite you to take a stroll.