The top 10 pilgrimage sites in Europe
Santiago de Compostela Spain: One of the oldest pilgrimage routes in the world, it terminates at the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain.
Sanctuary of Fátima Portugal: In 1917, three young shepherds claimed to have seen an apparition of the Virgin Mary in Cova da Iria.
Glastonbury Tor to Stonehenge England: The 44-mile (70-km) route takes travelers through the countryside of Southwest England’s Somerset County.
Lourdes France: The largest pilgrimage site in France, Lourdes is important due to the apparitions of Our Lady of Lourdes and the site's healing stream of water.
Częstochowa Poland: One of the most famous pilgrimage sites in Europe Częstochowa is home to the Jasna Góra Monastery.
Mount Athos Greece: Mount Athos is the oldest surviving independent monastic republic in the world, tracing its roots back to the 5th century.
Nidaros Cathedral Norway: Situated in the city of Trondheim Nidaros Cathedral is the northernmost medieval cathedral in the world.
Altötting Germany: For over 500 years, this Bavarian town has been one of Germany most important places of pilgrimage, venerating the Virgin Mary.
Einsiedeln Switzerland: Einsiedeln gained popularity thanks to its Benedictine Abbey one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Switzerland.
Mont Saint-Michel France: For almost 1,000 years, Mont Saint-Michel has become one of the most popular places of pilgrimage in Western Europe.