Religious Destinations

‘Life is not the number of breaths one takes, but the number of breaths one does not take upon seeing mountains, forests and buildings’

Anonymous

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.

San Giovanni Rotundo is situated in Puglia in southern Italy and was home to Padre Pio. Millions of Pilgrims come to visit here every year.

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Basilica Papale di San Pietro in Vaticano – The Papal Basilica of St.Peter in Rome, lies inside the Vatican City. The tomb of the first Bishop of Rome, St.Peter, one of the twelve apostles of Christ, is located underneath the main altar of the Basilica. Many of the popes have been buried at St.Peters since early Christian times.

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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.

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The Wonderful Cathedral of Trier, Dedicated to St.Peter, is adjoined to the Church of Our Lady – Liebfrauen Basilika -and sits close to the central Marktplatz and is reached via Sternstrasse. The Cathedral stands on the place of a former Constantine Palace. Constantine’s last visit to Trier was in, approximately, 328 and two years later his Palace was raized to the ground and a huge Cathedral was built, the largest Cathedral in antiquity,

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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.

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“Pilgrimages” are anything but old-fashioned – and the “Via Romea” along the Romantic Road is a hitherto well-kept secret. Parts of the historic pilgrimage route to Rome, which Abbot Albert von Stade took in 1236 and later described in his writings, follow the long-distance walking trail, inaugurated in 2006 and which forms part of Germany’s favourite holiday and adventure trail.

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Canterbury Cathedral, with St Augustine’s Abbey and St Martin’s Church, form part of the UNESCO world heritage site. The Cathedral Church was founded in 597 AD by St Augustine whose original cathedral lies beneath the floor of the nave. The original Saxon church was destroyed by fire in 1067 and rebuilt again by the Normans in 1070. Although, sucessive generations have made additions to the fabric of the building parts of the quire and some of the ancient stained glass windows date from the 12th century. The cathedral became a place of pilgrimage in the middle ages and Geoffrey Chaucer set his famous Canterbury Tales about pilgrims on their way to the shrine of the murdered Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket.

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The Church of the Santíssima Trindade (English: Church of the Holy Trinity), officially the minor Basilica of the Holy Trinity (Portuguese: da Santíssima Trindade, is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica in the Shrine of Our Lady of Fátima (Sanctuary of Fátima) in the civil parish) of Fátima, in the municipality of Ourém inPortugal.

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The Parish Church of St. Maurice ranks among the most precious buildings of the late Gothic style in Moravia. The three-naved structure has a cross vaulting (also known as a groin vault) dating from the middle of the 14th century. A more advanced net vault may be seen in the presbytery.

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