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!

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

The monastery in Einsiedeln, a place where faith, history, culture and the present coexist

Did you know that our photography exhibition "Shrines of Europe - the path of culture and spirituality" has reached Switzerland? It is currently presented in the monastery in Einsiedeln, which is a unique and worth seeing place where faith, history and culture mingle with the traditional Benedictine monastic life. Let's get to know them together!

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The monastery in Einsiedeln, a place where faith, history, culture and the present coexist

7 out of 7 - our new series on social media

We offer you our new series, the first part of which is now available on the "Shrines of Europe" Facebook profile. "7 out of 7" is a search for places and attractions that can be seen in each of our 7 cities. Despite different languages, traditions and histories, we have a lot in common. We will be happy to show it to you.

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7 out of 7 - our new series on social media

Happy Easter!

It’s Easter which means a time for joy, spending with family and friends. In this unique time of year we wish you hope and beauty of springtime that gives the promise of brighter days. Let this Easter bring a basketful of joy for all of you! Happy Easter from the Shrines of Europe

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Happy Easter!
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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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