Shrines of Europe
Shrines of Europe
Shrines of Europe
Shrines of Europe
Shrines of Europe
Shrines of Europe
Shrines of Europe
Shrines of Europe
Shrines of Europe
Shrines of Europe
Shrines of Europe

A path of culture and spirituality

Experience Europe in the footsteps of the pilgrims!

The working group “Shrines of Europe“ was founded in 1996 and is uniting Europe ́s principle Marian pilgrimage sites: Altötting, Czestochowa, Lourdes, Loreto and Fátima. A few years later the Austrian pilgrimage center Mariazell joined the group. The youngest member of the association is Einsiedeln, the most important place of pilgrimage in Veneration of the Virgin Mary in Switzerland (2017). The importance of these great Marian Shrines was emphasized by the visits of the last European Popes John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. Being great devotees of Mary they each visited these shrines during their time in office. All these places have one thing in common: they provide spiritual consolation and new strength for living.

On this website you will find information about each of the Shrines of Europe, the important contact details and suggestions for round trips combining the most important places for pilgrims in veneration of the Virgin Mary in Europe.

Experience Europe in the footsteps of the pilgrims!

Unforgettable concerts on the festival stage in Ourem

The second edition of the Shrines of Europe festival, which took place from June 19 to 23 in Ourem in Portugal, is already behind us. These few days were a real celebration of music, singing and dancing and the traditions of the Shrines of Europe, as well as a time of many wonderful conversations and discussions. See our report from this unique event.

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Unforgettable concerts on the festival stage in Ourem

Feirourém - a unique summer festival in Ourém

Feirourém is an outdoor event held every year in Ourem. What distinguishes it from other events of its type is the fact that it brings together top artists, the best craftsmen, restaurateurs and exhibitors from Portugal and other countries in one place. This year Shrines of Europe will have the opportunity to be part of this wonderful unique summer festival.

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Feirourém - a unique summer festival in Ourém

Funicular to Pic du Jer

Pic du Jer is said to offer the best view of Lourdes. But how to get there? The most persistent ones enter on foot. In this case, you must definitely wear comfortable shoes. However, there is another way - you can go to the top by funicular. This unique means of transport is over 100 years old and works flawlessly, bringing joy to subsequent generations of residents and tourists! Ready for a ride?

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Funicular to Pic du Jer

Hofdult – celebrations in Bavarian style

Altötting is preparing something really special for all fans of good fun, both older and younger! The traditional Hofdult festival will start there on May 24. Concerts, performances, an amusement park and feasting over a typical Bavarian golden beverage are the must-sees of this popular festival, which has been held here for over 625 years and always attracts crowds of people who come to Altötting in search of... good fun!

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Hofdult – celebrations in Bavarian style

Lourdes is celebrating Europe Day

This year, a unique Europe Day celebration took place in Lourdes, organized by the City of Lourdes and the Blue Star Association. A large group from Częstochowa took part in this great celebration of Europe. There were concerts, meetings with authors, discussion panels and film screenings. See our report from this event.

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Lourdes is celebrating Europe Day

May 13, Feast of Our Lady of Fatima

On May 13, the Catholic Church around the world celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, established in 2002. Every year, the event gathers crowds of pilgrims from all over the world who come to Fatima to pray in front of the statue of Our Lady, who appeared to three children in 1917.

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May 13, Feast of Our Lady of Fatima
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Częstochowa

The spiritual capital of Poland

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Altötting

The Heart of Bavaria

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Einsiedeln

Culture, tradition, sports, nature

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Fátima

City of Peace

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Loreto

A shrine created a town

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Lourdes

In the footsteps of Bernadette

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Mariazell

Beyond faith

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