Christian Pilgrimage Sites

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Aachen Cathedral The Aachen Cathedral has traditionally attracted many pilgrims, partly because of the relics transferred to the cathedral. Since 1349, a pilgrimage (Aachenerfahrt) has been held every seven years, during which the relics stored in the Marian shrine are shown to the faithful.
Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch In medieval times Lorsch was a major Catholic pilgrimage site thanks to its relic of St. Lazarus
Abu Mena By 600 the oasis had become a pilgrimage city, centred on the great basilica complex
Amiens Cathedral As part of Route of Santiago de Compostela
Ancient villages of Northern Syria great sanctuary dedicated to Saint Simeon the Stylite and his cult
Archaeological site of Philippi Centre of Christian pilgrimage deriving from the visit and mission of the Apostle Paul in 49/50 CE. (AB ev)
Arles As part of Route of Santiago de Compostela
Armenian Monastic Ensembles
Assisi St. Francis of Assisi and St Clare, relics
Avila St Theresa of Avila, relics
Bom Jesus do Monte
Bourges Cathedral As part of Route of Santiago de Compostela
Burgos Cathedral As part of Route of Santiago de Compostela
Camino Real Cuencamé is renowned for the miraculous image of the Cristo y Senor de Mapimi and the annual pilgrimage, processions and dances associated with it. (AB ev)
Canterbury Cathedral associated with Saint Thomas Becket.
Central Highlands Adam's Peak
Chartres Cathedral
Churches and Convents of Goa St. Francis Xavier
City of Luxembourg The Octave is the largest religious festival in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. It is accompanied by pilgrimages from the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Belgian Luxembourg, North Lorraine and the Eifel to Luxembourg Cathedral. It is a Marian feast, which ends with a Catholic procession attended by the Grand Ducal family and authorities of Luxembourg.
Cologne Cathedral Relics of the Three Magi
Corvey Was an important pilgrimage site in the Middle Ages due to hosting the relics of St. Vitus
Echmiatsin and Zvartnots Echmiatsin
Florence "The story of Saint Minas and spiritual bonding of the hill to the river Arno has made San Miniato a place of pilgrimage during the Renaissance period." (AB Ev 174ter)
Hebron/Al-Khalil Old Town
Island of Patmos Exceptional example of a traditional Greek Orthodox pilgrimage centre (AB ev)
Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
Longobards in Italy Monte Sant'Angelo: is a Lombard national sanctuary and the origin of a pilgrimage dedicated to Saint Michael (AB ev)
Mont-Saint-Michel As part of Route of Santiago de Compostela
Mount Athos Daily visitors to Mount Athos are restricted to 100 lay Orthodox and 10 non-Orthodox male pilgrims, and all are required to obtain a special entrance permit from the Mount Athos Pilgrims' Bureau called the diamonitirion (wiki)
Old City of Jerusalem
Padua’s fourteenth-century fresco cycles "The Pontifical Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua (...) is visited as a place of pilgrimage by people from all over the world".
Paphos Agia Solomoni, with sacred tree
Pyrénées - Mont Perdu As part of Route of Santiago de Compostela
Rome "The Eternal City was for centuries, and remains today, a symbol and one of the most venerable goals of pilgrimages, thanks to the Tombs of Apostles, the Saints and Martyrs, and to the presence of the Pope." (OUV)
Route of Santiago de Compostela
Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy
Saint Catherine Area
Salvador de Bahia Church of Nosso Senhor do Bonfim: "In the 19th century, the Bonfim Brotherhood built houses in the square in front of the church to house the pilgrims (romeiros) that come to Salvador every year to honour Our Lord of Bonfim."
San Miguel de Allende Sanctuary of Jes?s de Nazareno de Atotonilco
Santa Maria de Guadalupe
Santiago de Compostela As part of Route of Santiago de Compostela
Sceilg Mhichíl The island was a regular destination for pilgrims by the early 16th century. (wiki)
Tipasa Basilica of Saint Salsa
Valletta Saint Paul's Shipwreck Church
Vatican City "Site of the tomb of Saint Peter and pilgrimage centre, the Vatican is directly and materially linked with the history of Christianity" (OUV)
Vézelay As part of Route of Santiago de Compostela


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