‘Life is not the number of breaths one takes, but the number of breaths one does not take upon seeing mountains, forests and buildings’
Religious destinations have always been of great importance to people throughout the ages no matter what their own personal beliefs may be, and whether they are making a pilgrimage, seeking spiritual enlightenment or just enjoying travelling with the purpose of seeing the beauty in some of the world’s most divine and mysterious places these destinations remain important to the millions who visit these awe inspiring destinations every year. Be inspired to see these holy places, some may have natural beauty, others contain religious buildings of great note along with wonderful works of art or religious relics or maybe it is the home or burial place of a saint or where they have appeared and enabled miracles to happen. These special places are held dear to us and can be enjoyed by everyone. Let us inspire you here with our selection, take a visit and see what you think.
Chuches of Rome
Rome, much like the rest of Italy, is predominantly Roman Catholic, and has been an important centre of religion and pilgrimage for centuries. Pilgrims and visitors alike flock to see St.Peter’s Basilica, St.Peter’s Square, the Sistine Chapel all of which are located within the Vatican City, home of the Bishop of Rome, the Pope. The history of Rome spans over two and a half thousand years which goes some way to explain why there is so much to see and that there are over 900 churches in Rome alone.
The Vatican City (Citta del Vaticano), is the world’s smallest state and is situated inside the City of Rome, Italy. Also known as the Vatican City State, it is the centre of the Roman Catholic Church and the temporal seat of the Pope, head of the worldwide Catholic Church and its 1.2 billion Catholics. St.Peter’s basilica is built over the tomb of St.Peter. This small Vatican City State is filled with artwork and holds more history than most cities throughout the entire world.
San Giovanni Rotondo
In Puglia in Southern Italy there is the second most visited shrine in the world, the shrine of Padre Pio. Over 7 million pilgrims make their way every year to pay homage and to pray at the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie (Our Lady of Grace), built in the 1950’s to accomodate those that were travelling to see Padre Pio. Padre Pio died in 1968 and was canonized a saint on june 16th 2002 by Pope John Paul II. Many of the pilgrims walk the many thousands of miles of pilgrim walks throughout Europe every year and it is said that they mostly end at ‘Camino de Santiago de Compastela’ in Spain.
Lourdes in France is a small market town, nestled at the foot of the Pyrenees. Although home to a large fortified castle that rises out of the rocky cliffs, the town is famous for its eighteen apparitions of Our Lady to Bernadette Soubirous. The town has has been home to many miraculous healing’s and is therefore a very important Roman Catholic Pilgrimage location. Due to the amounts of people who flock to Lourdes each year, Lourdes is second to Paris for hotels per square KM, with over 270 hotels taking in the annual 5 million visitors.
Altötting is a town in Bavaria, capital of the district Altötting. For 500 years it has been the scene of religious pilgrimages by Catholics in honor of Mary including a visit by Pope John Paul II in 1980. This small town is famous for the Gnadenkapelle (Chapel of Grace), one of the most-visited shrines in Germany. This is a tiny octagonal chapel which keeps a venerated statue of the Virgin Mary. According to the legend, in 1489, a 3-year-old local boy who had drowned in the river was revived when his grieving mother placed him in front of a wooden statue of the Virgin Mary at the high altar.
Trier in the Rhineland-Palatinate, is Germany’s oldest city, dating back to Roman times, founded in or before 16 BC, it houses the oldest seat of a Christian bishop north of the Alps as well as having the honour to say The Archbishop was one of the seven electors of the Holy Roman Empire. This honour goes some way to explain the great architecture that is scattered throughout the city. Trier became a favoured residence of several Roman emperors, including Constantine the Great, the first Christian emperor. The Cathedral Constantine built in Trier in 326 AD is Germany’s oldest.
Sacred Sights in Paris, France
Visiting Sacred Locations in Paris is an amazing experience with the sheer beauty of the buildings and the history they contain. The Sacré-Cœur Basilica and Notre Dame de Paris are just two fine examples to see.
Pilgrimage on the Romantic Road
All roads lead to Rome. And through Franconia, too, through Bavarian Swabia, the Allgäu and to everything that makes the 413-kilometre-long Romantic Road, with its various alternatives for long-distance walking and cycling, so unique: historic Imperial Cities and pretty villages, baroque pilgrimage churches and splendid abbeys, world heritage sites and hidden jewels, varied landscapes and magnificent natural settings, not forgetting all the delicious discoveries of the culinary variety. Even in the early days of the Middle Ages, the “Eternal City” was already the main destination for pilgrims from all corners of Europe.
Cammino di Santiago
El Camino de Santiago, in English “The Way of Saint James,” is the pilgrimage to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain, where legend has it that the remains of Jesus’s apostle Saint James the Elder lie. The Camino has existed as a Christian pilgrimage for well over 1,000 years, and there is evidence of a pre-Christian route as well. Throughout the medieval period it was one of the three most important Christian pilgrimages undertaken. Indeed, it was only these pilgrimages—to Jerusalem, to Rome, and to Santiago de Compostela—which could result in a plenary indulgence, which frees a person from the penance due for sins.
Largest Churches in the World
The term church is open to interpretation and debate. In this article, it means any building that was built for the primary purpose of Christian worship, for any recognised denomination of Christianity. This includes every cathedral (the seat of a bishop), basilica, and other type of church. It does not include temples of other religions, such as mosques, synagogues, and so on. A cathedral is a Christian church which contains the seat of a bishop, thus serving as the central church of a diocese, conference, orepiscopate. Although the word “cathedral” is sometimes loosely applied, churches with the function of “cathedral” occur specifically and only in those denominations with an episcopal hierarchy, such as the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Orthodox, and some Lutheran and Methodist churches.
Taking a look at the location of the 12 Apostles burial sites. The-last-supper-da-vinciThe names of the twelve disciples of Jesus are Simon Peter, Andrew, James (the son of Zebedee), John, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, James (the son of Alphaeus), Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot.