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Pilgrimage Sites

We offer tours to many of Europe's best known pilgrimage sites.

 

Lourdes, France

Over the last 140 years, Lourdes has become the most visited pilgrimage shrine in all Christendom. The origins of the pilgrimage to Lourdes began with Bernadette Soubirous, a fourteen-year-old village girl who between February 11th and July 16th 1858, saw apparitions of the Virgin Mary 18 times in a small grotto along the banks of a local river.

Croach Patrick, Ireland

In AD441 St Patrick arrived at what is now known as Croach Patrick where he spent forty days and forty nights fasting on the summit of the mountain. By the seventh century it had become one of the most important Christian pilgrimage sites in Ireland and still today attract millions of pilgrims, many of whom walk barefoot to the summit.

Santiago de Compostela, North-Western Spain

This was one of the three main holy cities of Christendom during the Middle Ages (the other two were Jerusalem and Rome). According to tradition the apostle James preached the gospel here before returning to Palestine where he was killed. His disciplines returned his body here where it remains a major draw for pilgrims.

Canterbury, England

Ever since Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, was murdered in the Canterbury Cathedral in 1170, pilgrims have travelled from all over the world to worship at his shrine. Soon after his death, Pope Alexander canonised him and the murdered priest was elevated to sainthood. From then on Becket's shrine at Canterbury became one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Europe.

Fatima - Portugal

Located in west central Portugal, in the region of Leiria and approximately 110 kilometers north of Lisbon, the small town of Fatima is one of the most visited Christian shrines in the world today. But unlike many of Europe's great pilgrimage sites, Fatima dates not from the Middle Ages but only from early in the 20th century. It was then a small rural village in a rocky region whose main product was olive oil. In the years 1916 and 1917 a series of apparitions were seen by three young children.

Jasna Gora - Poland

Every year several million pilgrims visit the monastery at Jasna Gora to pray before the miraculous picture of Our Lady of Czestochowa otherwise know as the Black Madonna. (called that because of Mary's dark features). The faithful believe that St. Luke the Evangelist himself painted the divine icon on a tabletop from the Holy Family's house.