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!

For Valentine's Day to the Shrines of Europe

Valentine's Day is approaching. This is a special day of the year when we exchange small gifts, cards with hearts, order flowers and spend time together with our other halves. It is a holiday that some people love and others hate. For both, we have several attractions to see in the unique cities of Shrines of Europe. You can visit these places by yourself or with your loved ones.

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For Valentine's Day to the Shrines of Europe

Black Madonna of Częstochowa

The greatest treasure of the Jasna Góra Sanctuary in Częstochowa is the Miraculous Image of Our Lady thanks to which Jasna Góra became one of the largest Marian sanctuaries in Poland already in the 15th century. This painting is one of the most famous images of Our Lady in the world, clearly associated with Poland and Częstochowa.

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Black Madonna of Częstochowa

«Que soy era Immaculada councepciou»

"Que soy era Immaculada councepciou" - "I am the Immaculate Conception" - these words were spoken by Our Lady in Lourdes to Bernadette Soubirous in 1858, changing the history of a small town at the foot of the Pyrenees and making it one of the most important pilgrimage centers in the Catholic world. Currently, approximately 5 million pilgrims come here every year to ask Mary for healing of their soul and body.

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«Que soy era Immaculada councepciou»

Unique nativity scenes from Loreto

Traditionally, Christmas is a time when churches and many homes host nativity scenes depicting the Holy Family just after the birth of Baby Jesus. We especially invite you to Loreto, Italy, to see beautiful detailed scenes depicting the Nativity of the Lord.

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Unique nativity scenes from Loreto

Merry Christmas!

The Shrines of Europe wish you all the best during this special holiday season. May the upcoming Christmas holidays be full of warmth and joy and may they bring you moments of respite from everyday problems and worries. May the new year 2024 be full of interesting challenges, bring only successes and be a time of unforgettable trips and journeys. Merry Christmas and happy new year!

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Merry Christmas!

Time before Christmas

Every year Shrines of Europe emphasize the uniqueness of the holiday season. Christmas fairs are organized and interesting cultural and entertainment events are presented for residents, pilgrims and tourists in all the sanctuary towns. Today we want to tell you about some of them. Because it's always worth being with Shrines of Europe, but especially now - during this special Christmas time.

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Time before Christmas
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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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