Top pilgrimage sites in Europe
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.
Mount Athos, Greece -
Mount Athos is the oldest surviving independent monastic republic in the world, tracing its roots back to the 5th century.
Altötting, Germany -
For over 500 years, this Bavarian town has been one of Germany's most important places of pilgrimage, venerating the Virgin Mary.
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.
Armagh, Ireland -
Also known as the Saint Patrick route, it was here that the saint established his church. This made the town the ecclesiastical capital of the island.
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.
Assisi, Italy -
This Umbrian town is most famous for being the birthplace of Saint Francis. The different routes follow the journey he made in the Middle Ages.
Rocio, Spain -
The pilgrimage of Rocio is one of the largest Roman Catholic pilgrimages in Europe.
Mariazell, Austria -
The most popular pilgrimage destination in Austria, the Mariazell Basilica contains a 23-inch (50-cm) high wooden statue of the Virgin Mary with child.
Pilgrims' Way, England -
This historical 120-mile (190-km) route takes pilgrims from Winchester to Hampshire, while leading them through several religious sites.
Via Francigena, UK, France, and Italy - One of the longest Catholic pilgrimages in Europe, Via Francigena starts in Canterbury, England.
St Magnus Way, Scotland -
On the enchanting coastline of the Scottish island of Orkney exists a route that's 58 miles (93 km) long, honoring the island’s patron saint.