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510 The Great Fire and Miraculous Tabernacle Shrines 400 Oconto Ave Peshtigo WI 54157 United States The Peshtigo Fire Museum is a museum in Peshtigo, Wisconsin pertaining to the 1871 Peshtigo Fire and to other local history. There were 11,555 visitors to the museum in 2000. The museum is located adjacent to the Peshtigo Fire Cemetery, where the charred remains of over 350 people were buried in a mass grave. The cemetery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The memorial at the cemetery was the first official state historical marker authorized by the State Historic Society of Wisconsin. Few items survived the fire, since only one house under construction using green wood was left unburned. A featured item in the museum's collection is the Church tabernacle that local Roman Catholic priest Father Peter Pernin saved by submerging in the Peshtigo River. The tabernacle survived the fire unblemished. Pernin published a book called "The Great Peshtigo Fire: An Eyewitness Account", which was republished by the Wisconsin Historical Society in 1971. The book documents Pernin's account of the tabernacle submersion in the river, rescue, and horrific accounts of discoveries during and after the fire. Other Peshtigo fire items include a small burned Bible and a melted glass dish discovered by a construction worker in 1995. The Bible is open to Psalms 106 and 107. Several letters with first person accounts of the fire and cleanup are on display. One letter recently added to the collection describes burying nine to ten hundred (900 to 1000) dead. There are several maps of Peshtigo, one before the fire and another showing the extent of the fire. A mural depicts before, during, and after the fire. Other items that the museum features include a collection of antique items showing the history of the area. All items in the museum were donated. Source and photo courtesy of: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peshtigo_Fire_Museum
509 Our Lady of Ephesus House of Prayer Shrines 35 Fawn Ledge Lane Jamaica Vermont 05343 On August 15, 1994 Our Lady of Ephesus House of Prayer was formed to provide facilities for the spiritual growth of individuals through reflection and prayer. It is situated in a peaceful, natural hillside setting in Southern Vermont overlooking the town of Wardsboro, ideal for prayer and meditation. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.ourladyofephesushouseofprayer.org/index.html
508 Saint Thomas Shrines 22 Kronprindsens Gade Charlotte Amalie St Thomas 00802 U.S. Virgin Islands Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral is a cathedral of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States Virgin Islands. It is the mother church and seat of the prelate bishop of the Diocese of Saint Thomas. It is located in the City of Charlotte Amalie. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saints_Peter_and_Paul_Cathedral_%28St._Thomas,_U.S._Virgin_Islands%29 Photo courtesy of: http://www.cathedralvi.com/index.html
507 San Fernando Cathedral Shrines 115 Main Plaza San Antonio TX 78205 United States San Fernando Cathedral was founded in 1731 and is the oldest, continuously functioning religious community in the State of Texas. The Cathedral building has the added distinction of being the oldest standing church building in Texas, and for all of its more than 281 years, has been serving the people of the Archdiocese and San Antonio. For almost 95 years, San Fernando served as the church for all of the religious denominations of San Antonio as the Catholic Church was the only recognized religion of the Spanish and Mexican governments prior to Texas' independence. San Fernando has become more than the geographic center; it has become an ecumenical, cultural, civic, and service center of San Antonio. San Fernando serves as a refuge for many of the poor in this area who come for help and trust their needs will be met. As the first church in the city, San Fernando has a rich history of responding to the people's needs in and around the church. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.catholicearth.com/beta/profile/691san-fernando-cathedral
506 St. Mary's Catholic Church Shrines 8227 CR 205 Plantersville Texas 77363 United States On February 2, 1894, the Right Reverend Nicholas A. Gallager, Bishop of the German Roman Catholic Church of the Diocese of Galveston purchased for $30.00 the parcel of land where St. Mary's now stands. The seller was Cordella H. A. Baker, Executrix of the Jack Baker Estate. This parcel was out of the league of land granted to John Landrum as a Colonist in Austin's Colony. According to Diocesan records, St. Mary's official name is Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title of Immaculate Conception, Plantersville, Texas. Seventy families became the first parish in 1894 ministered to by Father Joseph I. Klein. Money was scarce, but the small congregation worked very hard and in a short time Mass was celebrated in the partially finished church. During Father Klein's tenure the church was completed and two schools were constructed to educate the children of the growing farm community. On July 30, 1894, David James Maloney was the first child baptized in the new church by Father Klein. His parents were Peter Maloney and Barbara Peters. Godparents were Edwin and Ada Felker. The first marriage was performed by Father Klein between Joaunes Grasz of Marie's Valley, Prussia and Leodvina Weber of Sulz, Russia on August 15, 1894. The first confirmation group consisted of 49 members. Their confirmation service was held on October 24, 1898 in Plantersville by Tr. Rev. Bishop N. A. Gallagher. The next day he confirmed 10 more people at Spring Creek, Texas. Father Klein was the rector for both groups. In March 1907, Father Jacob Schneitzer succeded Father Klein and for over six years St. Mary's became a Mission church. Father George Apel was appointed as pastor on July 14, 1913 and St. Mary's was elevated to parish status. Membership increased, societies were organized, the rectory was enlarged and many other improvements were made. In July 1917 the church was completely destroyed by fire. The present church was errected in a very short time without incurring any debt. During Father Robert Schertz tim, the two story rectory was built and a deep water well was drilled. Father Elemendorf was present when a Delco light plant was installed in 1935. Electric lights and a butane heating system were added between 1937 and 1940. During Father Burns stay a pavilion for dancing, bazaar booths and a parking lot on the east side of the church were added. Father Gene Gillette was present when the new parish hall was built in 1992. Religious vocations in the community were numerous over the years. Ordained into the priesthood were Father S. Claude Thorp, Father John Diehl and Father Ben Wagner. Entering into the Religious Orders for nuns were: Christina Wagner as Sister Mary Louise; Annie Mock as Sister Mary Christine; Theresa Lane, Sister Claude; Catherine Gabriel, Sister Mary Jordan; Kate McMurrough, whose Sister name is unknown; Eugenia Kowis as Sister William; Eugenia Gottselig, Sister Alberta; Elizabeth Gabriel, Sister Agnes; and from the Herzog family, Sister Ancilla, Sister Rita, Sister Anna Marie, and Sister Catherine. There was also a Thorp daughter whose name is unknown. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.smsj.org/
505 Saints Cyril and Methodius Church (Czech) Shrines 306 South Ave. F Shiner Texas 77984 United States Early German and Czech settlers in this area of Lavaca County attended Catholic worship services in private homes or at churches in Hallettsville or Moulton until 1890, when a n ew mission was established in Shiner by the Rev. John Anthony Forest. The new congregation was named for 9th Century Greek missionaries Cyril and Methodius, who converted Slovakian-Moravian central Europeans to Christianity. The Members acquired two acres of land at this site in 1891, and a frame sanctuary was completed in May of that year. In February 1892 a tornado caused extensive damage to the original church structure, but it was rebuilt on a larger scale. Designated a parish in 1912, the growing congregation soon needed larger facilities. This structure, designed by F. Wahrenburger, was built in 1920-1921 by volunteer laborers led by the Rev. F.X. Wolf. An outstanding example of the Romanesque revival style of architecture, it features stained glass windows imported from Munich, Germany; Cut stone detailing in the pinnacles and buttresses; an arcaded front portico; and a soaring square tower with octagonal spire. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places since 1983, it also features a magnificent painted interior. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.sscmshiner.org/
504 St. Mary's Church Praha (Czech) Shrines 821 FM 1295 Flatonia Texas 78941-5016 United States St. Mary's was built in 1895, making it one of the oldest of the painted churches. It is a large, sturdy church. I imagine what a sacrifice it must have been for the early Czech settlers to build such a large edifice. Local history says that a keg of beer was offered to the man who dared top the church steeple with a cross. At over 130 feet, climbing to the top was no doubt a harrowing feat. Evidently a man who put crosses on steeples for a living took the community up on their offer. After he bravely affixed the cross to the top of the steeple the man proceeded to do a handstand on top of the cross. Makes me wonder if he might have been sipping some of the winnings before the climb. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.klru.org/paintedchurches/praha.html
503 Saint Mary's Catholic Church High Hill (German) Shrines 2833 Fm 2672 Schulenburg TX 78956 United States Nativity of Mary, Blessed Virgin Catholic Church is one of the first churches built by noted Texas architect, Leo M.J. Dielmann. It was built in 1906. Dielmann was the son of a contractor who already had a history of serving the Catholic Church of Texas in various building projects. Fresh from his architecture studies in Germany, the young Dielmann designed a classic gothic revival structure for the small German settlement of High Hill. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.klru.org/paintedchurches/highhill.html
502 Saints Cyril and Methodius Church (Czech) Shrines FM 1383 Dubina Texas United States Saints Cyril and Methodius Church with its bright painting inside and out, stands strong and proud against the Texas sky. It is a reminder of the early settlers' faith in God and their will to survive. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.klru.org/paintedchurches/dubina.html
501 Saint John the Baptist Church (Czech) Shrines 7850 Mensik Rd Schulenburg TX 78945 United States St. John the Baptist Catholic Church is a historic church on FM 1383 in Ammannsville, Texas. It was built in 1917 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._John_the_Baptist_Catholic_Church_%28Ammannsville,_Texas%29 Photo courtesy of Attribution: Larry D. Moore
500 Saint Joseph's Cathedral Shrines 521 N Duluth Ave Sioux Falls SD 57104 United States The history of St. Joseph
499 Shrine of St. Therese of Lisieux Shrines 35 Dion Drive Harrisville Rhode Island 02830 United States The shrine and parish were founded on August 23, 1923 just four months after St. Therese was beatified. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.sainttheresashrine.com/
498 Stella Maris Parish Shrines 69 Cervantes Street San Juan Puerto Rico 00907 United States Located in the residential area of Condado, Stella Maris is a Catholic Parish offering masses in both English and Spanish. It was officially established in 1965 thanks to community neighbors that united their efforts with the late Archbishop of San Juan, Monsignor Luis Aponte Mart
497 San Jose Church Shrines San Juan 00901 Puerto Rico United States San Jos
496 Cathedral of San Juan Batista Shrines 151 Calle del Cristo San Juan 00902 Puerto Rico United States The Cathedral of San Juan Bautista is the Roman Catholic cathedral of the Archdiocese of San Juan de Puerto Rico. The cathedral is one of the oldest buildings in San Juan, located in Old San Juan, and is the second oldest cathedral in the Americas. The Cathedral of Santa Mar
495 Shrine of Saint Gianna Shrines 625 West Street Road Warminster PA 18974 United States The Shrine is located at Nativity of Our Lord Parish, Warminster, in beautiful Bucks County, PA, Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The Shrine underwent a significant improvement with the unveiling of the St. Gianna statue in April, 2006. A match exists between Nativity of Our Lord Parish and St. Gianna. The name, Nativity of Our Lord, is a celebration of a birth, the birth of Jesus. St Gianna gave her life to give birth, the birth of her daughter, Gianna Emanuela. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.saintgianna.org/
494 Shrine of (Saint) Mother Marianne Cope Shrines 1024 Court Street Syracuse NY 13208 United States Located at St. Anthony Convent of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities in Syracuse, N.Y. the shrine and museum provide wonderful information about the life and legacy of St. Marianne Cope, from her early life in Utica, to her health care ministry in New York and with people with Hansen's disease (leprosy) in Hawaii. Exhibits and artifacts illustrate Mother Marianne's life, her many accomplishments, and the canonization process. Helpful docents are also on hand to orient you to highlights of the shrine and museum. Source and photo courtesy of: http://blessedmariannecope.org/shrine_museum.html
493 Saint Patrick's Cathedral Shrines 5th Ave New York NY 10022 United States The story of New York
492 St. Malachy's Roman Catholic Church - "The Actors' Chapel" Shrines 239 West 49th Street New York NY 10019 United States Located on West 49th Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue, St. Malachy's Roman Catholic Church was founded in 1902. And although the years have seen many changes in the neighborhood of the church, St. Malachy's remains today, an active, integral part of its most unusual, most dynamic community. St. Malachy's service to its community was comparable to that of most other Catholic churches in New York City up until about 1920. Then the Theatre District moved in and suddenly, actors, dancers, musicians, craftsmen, and tourists were filling the seats, replacing the types of parishioners St. Malachy's had seen in previous years. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.actorschapel.org/History
491 The Loretto Chapel Shrines 207 Old Santa Fe Trail Santa Fe NM 87501 United States Two mysteries surround the spiral staircase in the Loretto Chapel: the identity of its builder and the physics of its construction. When the Loretto Chapel was completed in 1878, there was no way to access the choir loft twenty-two feet above. Carpenters were called in to address the problem, but they all concluded access to the loft would have to be via ladder as a staircase would interfere with the interior space of the small Chapel. Legend says that to find a solution to the seating problem, the Sisters of the Chapel made a novena to St. Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters. On the ninth and final day of prayer, a man appeared at the Chapel with a donkey and a toolbox looking for work. Months later, the elegant circular staircase was completed, and the carpenter disappeared without pay or thanks. After searching for the man (an ad even ran in the local newspaper) and finding no trace of him, some concluded that he was St. Joseph himself, having come in answer to the sisters' prayers. The stairway's carpenter, whoever he was, built a magnificent structure. The design was innovative for the time and some of the design considerations still perplex experts today. The staircase has two 360 degree turns and no visible means of support. Also, it is said that the staircase was built without nails
490 Monastery of Christ in the Desert Shrines 1305 Forest Service Road PO Box 270 Abiquiu NM 87510 United States The Monastery of Christ in the Desert is a Roman Catholic Benedictine monastery belonging to the English Province of the Subiaco Congregation of Benedictine monasteries. The monastery is surrounded by miles of undisturbed wilderness amidst the Chama Canyon wilderness area 75 miles north of Santa Fe, New Mexico. It is accessible by Forest Road 151, a 13 mile dirt road off of US route 84. The geographical co-ordinates of the monastery are 36
489 Cathedral of Saint Cecilia Shrines 701 N 40th St Omaha NE 68131 United States St. Cecilia Cathedral is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Omaha. Located at 701 North 40th Street in the Gold Coast Historic District, the Cathedral was ranked as one of the ten largest in the United States when it was completed in 1959. It is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Source and photo courtesy of: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Cecilia_Cathedral
488 The National Shrine of Mary, Mother of the Church known as "The Mothers' Shrine" Shrines Highway 5 Laurie Missouri 65038 USA The shrine was constructed in the mid-1980's as a way to honor Mary, the mother of Jesus and to handle the overflow crowds at the summer services. In 2003, the shrine was recognized as the 16th National Shrine in the United States. Source and photo courtesy of: http://mothersshrine.com/
487 The National Shrine of the Cross in the Woods Shrines 7078 M-68 Indian River Michigan 49749 United States In early April 1946, Bishop Francis Haas, of Grand Rapids, Michigan traveled to northern Michigan to make a survey for a church in the Indian River area. Parishioners from the Indian River and Wolverine area made long trips to attend mass at St. Monica's in Afton, despite difficult travel on unpaved roads. A parish in Indian River would establish the first residential priest in this area of Cheboygan County. The Bishop and Fr. Arthur LeRoux from Alverno, Michigan went to the home of retired businessman Mr. James J. Harrington. He had been living on Burt Lake for many years and offered to help locate land for the new Catholic Church. Despite the fact that there were only twelve Catholic families in Indian River in 1946 Bishop Haas decided a new parish would be established. There were large numbers of Catholics who vacationed in the area during the summer months. Through inquiries, J.J. Harrington learned of undeveloped Burt Lake State Park property that was ideal for a church. Fr. LeRoux asked the Department of Conservation for the undeveloped land, but was denied because they wanted to save the property for future development. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.crossinthewoods.com/about-the-shrine
486 Father Solanus Casey Center, A Healing Priest, "God's Doorkeeper" Shrines 1820 Mount Elliott Street Detroit MI 48207 United States The Solanus Casey Center is a ministry of the Capuchin Franciscan Friars of the Province of Saint Joseph, located within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit. Inspired by the life and example of our brother, Venerable Solanus Casey, this Center strives to be a place of pilgrimage, healing, reconciliation and peace. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.solanuscenter.org/
485 Fr. Peyton Center Shrines 518 Washington Street North Easton MA United States The Father Peyton Center welcomes visitors to our center for private and communal prayer, visits to Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary and St. Joseph chapels where Mass is celebrated at noon Monday through Friday, the Fr. Feeley/Fr. Murphy Rosary Walk and the Holy Cross Cemetery where Servant of God Fr. Patrick Peyton, CSC is buried. Other sites of interest include Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto which is 300 feet on the left beyond the cemetery and the Stonehill campus with its 550 acres of beautiful lawns, lake and tree-lined walks and the Chapel of Mary at the center of the campus. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.hcfm.org/
484 Saint Anthony Franciscan Monastery Shrines 28 Beach Ave Kennebunk ME United States On September 8, 1947, the estate was purchased by Lithuanian Franciscans. In 1952, the house was embellished with the Shrine of St. Anthony. In 1953, the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, an imposing and unique shrine, was constructed on the estate grounds and, in 1959, the graceful Chapel of the Stations of the Cross. Both of these shrines, monuments of Lithuanian architectural art, were designed by Jonas Mulokas, winner of the First Prize of the American Architects Association. For the Chapel of the Stations of the Cross, individual stations and two angels were sculptured by Vytautas Kasuba who was decorated with the Gold Medal for art at the 1937 Paris World's Fair. The new St. Anthony's Chapel was constructed between 1965-66. It combines the old tradition with modern expression in a very beautiful way. The chapel's architect was Dr. Alfred Kulpa of Toronto, Canada. The interior decorations, including the bas-relief, the altars, the stained glass windows, the candlesticks and chandeliers, were magnificently designed, produced, and arranged by Professor Vytautas Jonynas, master of graphic arts, who has been honored with Gold Medals for his achievements at various international art competitions. He is the same artist who decorated the Vatican Pavillion at the 1964 New York World's Fair with a very meaningful sculpture of the Militant, Suffering, and Triumphant Church. For the enjoyment of visitors, this monument now ornaments the grounds of St. Anthony's Monastery. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.framon.net/monastery/mon_first.htm
483 Shrine of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos Shrines 919 Josephine St New Orleans LA 70130 United States St. Mary's Assumption is home to a shrine for Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, a German priest who came to the United States to minister to German-speaking immigrants. Fr. Seelos died while serving as the pastor at St. Mary's Assumption: after visiting and caring for the victims of yellow fever, he succumbed to the disease himself in 1867. In recognition of his virtuous life, Fr. Seelos was beatified by the Roman Catholic Church in 2000. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Mary%27s_Assumption_Church_%28New_Orleans,_Louisiana%29 Photo courtesy of: http://www.seelos.org/index.html
482 Saint Louis Cathedral Shrines 615 Pere Antoine Alley New Orleans LA 70116 United States The Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France, also called St. Louis Cathedral (French: Cath
481 Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine Shrines 1170 N. River Rd. Des Plaines IL 60016 The December 12, 1986, Mr. Joaquin Martinez coordinated the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the church of Our Lady of Brook in Northbrook, Illinois. The June 14, 1987, Joaqu
480 The Monastery of the Holy Spirit Shrines 2625 Highway 212 SW Conyers GA 30094 United States In 1944, twenty one Trappist monks left Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky and embarked on a journey similar to those originating in early Christianity. The trip led them to the wilderness of rural Georgia where they founded the Monastery of the Holy Spirit Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.trappist.net/
479 Basilica of Saint Mary Star of the Sea Shrines 1010 Windsor Ln Key West FL 33040 United States As a basilica, besides the umbrellino and the tinnanabulum, the special umbrella and bells, Mary, Star of the Sea, is granted the privilege to display the coat of arms of Vatican City on its fa
478 The Stella Maris Catholic Center at the Port of Miami Shrines 1172 Florida Way Port of Miami FL 33132 United States The Stella Maris Catholic Center for seafarers is reopening following several years of closure. It will once again serve as a place for anyone at the Port of Miami
477 The Blessed John Paul II Shrine Shrines 3900 Harewood Road NE Washington DC 20017 United States The Knights of Columbus has established a shrine to Blessed John Paul II in Washington, D.C. The announcement was made during Supreme Knight Carl Anderson
476 The Knights of Columbus Museum Shrines One State Street New Haven CT 06511 United States Established in 1982, the Knights of Columbus Museum, Inc. is a nonprofit institution serving the educational interests of the general public through periodic exhibitions of artwork and related content. Located in New Haven, Conn., where the Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882, it also serves as an archive, repository, and gallery for documents and artifacts pertaining to the Catholic fraternal organization
475 The Abbey of Saint Walburga Shrines 1029 Benedictine Way Virginia Dale CO 80536 United States The Abbey of St. Walburga was founded in 1935 from the Abtei St. Walburg in Eichstatt, Germany. Three sisters from our motherhouse were sent to Boulder, Colorado to establish a monastery that was to be a potential place of refuge for the nuns in Germany from the Nazi regime. The nuns bought, at a very low price, what had been declared "un-farmable" land by the monks who owned it. With great determination and trust in God, the three sisters, later accompanied by several more nuns, not only turned the land into a flourishing farm, but also set the ground work for a vibrant, joyful community of nuns who live faithful lives of service to the Church through prayer, praise, and conversion. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.walburga.org/
474 Shrine of Our Lady of Peace Shrines 2800 Mission College Blvd. Santa Clara CA 95054 United States Our Lady of Peace Church is located in Santa Clara, California, the heart of Silicon Valley, and is considered a "second home" by many of the parishioners that worship here. It is a serene and peaceful place of worship that maintains the rich traditions of the Roman Catholic Church and is also dedicated to the Perpetual Adoration of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Perpetual Adoration, begun by Monsignor John J. Sweeny has continued for over 30 years. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.olop-shrine.org/
473 Basilica Mission San Diego de Alcala Shrines 10818 San Diego Mission Road San Diego CA 92108-2429 United States First of the 21 missions and known as the Mother of the Missions, Mission San Diego de Alcala was founded on July 16, 1769 by Blessed Junipero Serra. It was designated as a Minor Basilica in 1976 by Pope Paul VI. The Mission today is an active Catholic Parish in the Diocese of San Diego. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.missionsandiego.com//
472 Mission San Xavier del Bac Shrines 1950 W. San Xavier Road Tucson AZ 85746-7409 United States A National Historic Landmark, San Xavier Mission was founded as a Catholic mission by Father Eusebio Kino in 1692. Construction of the current church began in 1783 and was completed in 1797. The oldest intact European structure in Arizona, the church's interior is filled with marvelous original statuary and mural paintings. It is a place where visitors can truly step back in time and enter an authentic 18th Century space. The church retains its original purpose of ministering to the religious needs of its parishioners. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.sanxaviermission.org/
471 The Benedictine Abbey and the Ave Maria Grotto Shrines 1600 St. Bernard Drive S.E. Cullman AL 35055-3057 United States Saint Bernard Abbey Saint Bernard Abbey is a monastery of Catholic Benedictine monks who, through prayer and work, strive to seek the love of God and neighbor. In the 1840
470 Eucharistic Miracle Shrines Los Teques Venezuela The Bleeding Host Miracle occurred in Betania, Venezuela on December 8th, 1991 (The Feast of the Immaculate Conception) during the celebration of the Holy Mass at midnight. The celebrant, Father Otty Ossa Aristiza`bal, the Betania Chaplain, had just finished the Consecration, had broken the large Host into four pieces, and took one piece of the Host for his consumption and placed the remaining portions on the plate on the altar. When he looked down at the remaining Host, to his amazement he saw a red substance coming out of it which he described as if it was spurting from a wound. He placed the Host in a Chalice and put it in the Tabernacle until 6:00am the next morning. When he looked at it again it was still bleeding, so he placed it in a Monstrance and took it to show the people at Mass. Eyewitnesses saw the Host bleeding and blood accumulating on the bottom of the Monstrance. Some filmed it on their camcorders. Bishop Ricardo of Los Teques was advised, and he had the Host tested in Caracas. He was told that the red substance was IN FACT human blood. Subsequently, the Miraculous Host was taken to the convent of the Augustinian Nuns in Los Teques for safekeeping, adoration, and visitation by pilgrims. Source: http://www.cureofarschurch.net/eucharisticMiracles.html
469 Apparitions, Healings and the Mystic Maria Esperanza Shrines Betania Venezuela The Shrine of Our Lady of Betania is a Catholic religious complex located a few kilometers from the town of Cua in Miranda state , north of the South American country of Venezuela . The complex includes several spaces Catholic chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary under her title of Bethany. Catholics believe in the site have produced miraculous appearances, because what, what was a 200 hectare farm where it was produced including coffee and cocoa products before, has now transformed into a site of popular Christian pilgrimage in the country. Image of the Virgin of Betania at the Grotto The pilgrims collect water considered "miracle" of a cave in which the Virgin Mary is usually decorated with flower arrangements. The first appearances it is believed would have occurred in May 1977 In 2005 the sanctuary was declared a historical, architectural and cultural heritage of Miranda, the state government of Venezuela to which it belongs. had already been declared a Historic-Religious Heritage of Cua since May 1992. Source: http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santuario_de_la_Virgen_de_Betania
468 York Minster and the Tomb of Saint William of York Shrines Deangate York YO1 7HH United Kingdom William of York (late 11th century
467 Lourdes Grotto in Carfin Shrines 100 Newarthill Rd Motherwell ML1 5AL United Kingdom The founder of this beautiful shrine, Canon Thomas Taylor, was inspired by a visit that he and a number of parishioners made to Lourdes around 1920, which led to the realisation of his dream - to build a replica of the Lourdes Grotto for the people of Scotland. Under the guidance of Canon Taylor, and with the willing help of many men during the Depression Years from the Carfin parish and neighbouring parishes, future generations have been left with a wonderful heritage and it is our privilege to preserve and enhance it. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.carfin.org.uk/carfin-grotto.aspx
466 Shrine of Saint Oliver Plunkett Shrines West St Drogheda Co. Louth Ireland A couple of years after St. Oliver's martyrdom, the Relic of the Head was brought to Rome and remained there for about forty years, until it was given into the care of the new community of Dominican nuns at Siena convent in Drogheda, c.1725. The nuns were under the leadership of Sr. Catherine Plunkett a relative of St. Oliver and believed to have been his grand niece. The community had shortly beforehand moved from a mud cabin on the south side of the Boyne to a more substantial house in Dyer Street and they were living surreptitiously as a group of women, so as to avoid any difficulties with the authorities. For the following two centuries, this community proved their resourcefulness and devotion by faithfully preserving and venerating this priceless relic of the Irish Church, throughout the difficulties of penal times. During the war of independence because of a fear that some of the notorious Black and Tan forces might steal or desecrate the Relic, armed republican forces were positioned in its defence, in the locality of the Siena community at Chord Road, this being in an era of attack and reprisal. Within months and to the great disappointment of this community, the Relic of the Head was transferred in 1921 to the newly built, St. Peter's Church, Drogheda, the Memorial Church of St. Oliver, where it was installed in a side altar. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.saintoliverplunkett.com/stpeters.html
465 Canterbury Cathedral, St. Thomas Becket Shrines 11 The Precincts Canterbury Kent CT1 2EH United Kingdom Canterbury Cathedral in Canterbury, Kent, is one of the oldest and most famous Christian structures in England and forms part of a World Heritage Site. It is the cathedral of the Archbishop of Canterbury, leader of the Church of England and symbolic leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion. Its formal title is the Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Christ at Canterbury. Founded in 597, the cathedral was completely rebuilt from 1070 to 1077. The east end was greatly enlarged at the beginning of the twelfth century, and largely rebuilt in the Gothic style following a fire in 1174, with significant eastward extensions to accommodate the flow of pilgrims visiting the shrine of Thomas Becket, the archbishop who was murdered in the cathedral in 1170. The Norman nave and transepts survived until the late fourteenth century, when they were demolished to make way for the present structures. Source and photo courtesy of: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canterbury_Cathedral
464 Retreat Center and Shrine of Saint Simon Stock Shrines Aylesford Kent ME20 7BX United Kingdom The shrine at Aylesford is dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption, and beautiful chapels dedicated to the saints of Carmel (notably St. Simon Stock) have been described as "prayers in stone". Aylesford has always inspired creative endeavours, and the work of artists such as Adam Kossowski and Philip Lindsey Clark add great beauty to the priory. A pottery continues to operate on site. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.carmelite.org/
463 Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua Shrines Tomtom Mh. ?stiklal Cd No:171 34430 Estambul Turkey St. Anthony of Padua Church, alternatively known as the Sant'Antonio di Padova Church, S. Antonio di Padova, St. Antoine, or locally as Sent Antuan, is a basilica and the largest church of the Roman Catholic Church in Istanbul, Turkey. It is located on ?stiklal Avenue in the Beyo?lu district. Along with the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit (1846) in the Harbiye district, St. Louis of the French (1581) and Santa Maria Draperis in Beyo?lu, Sts. Peter and Paul (1841) in Galata, Assumption Church in the Moda quarter of Kad?k
462 Church of Saint Nicholas Shrines Merkez Demre (Kale)/Antalya Turkey St. Nicholas Church, Demre is an ancient Byzantine Church located in modern-day town of Demre Antalya Province, (Southwest Turkey). Its usage is dated between 5th-12th centuries. It is most notable for being the burial place of St. Nicholas of Myra, who was the Eastern Orthodox bishop of the ancient city of Myra in the 4th century, and is an important religious figure for Eastern Orthodox Christians. Source and photo courtesy of: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Nicholas_Church,_Demre
461 The Grotto of Saint Peter Shrines 31000 Hatay/Hatay Province Turkey The Church of Saint Peter (Aramaic: Knisset Mar Semaan Kefa, St. Peter's Cave Church, Cave-Church of St. Peter) near Antakya (Antioch), Turkey, is composed of a cave carved into the mountainside on Mount Starius with a depth of 13 m (42 ft.), a width of 9.5 m (31 ft.) and a height of 7 m (23 ft). This cave, which some believe was used by the very first Christians, is one of Christianity's oldest churches. Source and photo courtesy of: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_St_Peter
460 The Church of Our Lord in the Attic Shrines Oudezijds Voorburgwal 40 1012 GE Amsterdam Netherlands Our Lord in the Attic is one of the oldest and most remarkable museums in Amsterdam. Behind the characteristic facade of the house by the canal lies a largely original 17th-century home and a complete hidden church. This hidden church 'in the attic' was built during the Reformation, when Catholics were forbidden to hold public services. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.opsolder.nl/eng/home.php
459 Shrine of Our Lady of All Nations Shrines 1077 VX Amsterdam The Netherlands World War II had not yet finished when, on March 25, 1945, Palm Sunday, the great Marian apparitions of Amsterdam began. On this day, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Annunciation, the greatest event in the history of man: God takes on human nature in Jesus, to redeem us from sin and death. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.de-vrouwe.info/en/the-first-apparition
458 The Eucharistic Miracle of Amsterdam Shrines 30 Begijnhof Amsterdam On March 15, 1345, just days before Palm Sunday, receiving a sick person in the Kalverstraat in Amsterdam, the Host in the Sacrament of the Sick. But because he does not feel well, he cares about. Out of respect, everything is captured and thrown into the fire, but the Host to float above the fire. Centuries after Anton described from Dunkirk in a sonnet, "The Host, thrown into the fire, remained unharmed float among the flames. Grace Power proved stronger than nature. " A woman puts her hand into the flames, seized the Host from the fire without burning her hands and put it in a box. The pastor of the parish church, the present Old Church is called in and he takes the Host to church. The next day opens the woman in the house in the Kalverstraat the chest and to her amazement, the Eucharist in the coffin again. She summons once again the priest, and he brings the Host back to the church. The next day, the Host was again the case in the sick. Until one understands that God wants this miracle to be made public, thereby bringing the priest and take the Eucharist in a solemn procession to the Old Church. The following year, Bishop Jan van Arkel stated that there is a miracle. Two years after this incident is already at the site of this miracle a church built (called the Holy Place). Moreover, the practice of keeping. Sacrament procession through the streets of Amsterdam, around 15 March arises There comes a stream of pilgrims going to the chapel to celebrate. Miracle of the Sacrament This 'Roman' procession came to an end in 1578 the government of the city of Amsterdam went over to the Reformed faith (alteration). Catholics were not allowed to profess their faith openly. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.begijnhofamsterdam.nl/het-mirakel
457 Shrine of Our Lady of the Rock Shrines Via Santuario 2 6644 Orselina Switzerland The complex consists of several elements that have developed and changed over time. On top of a scenic rock outcrop are the convent, which also includes a small museum, and the sanctuary of the Assumption of the Madonna del Sasso said, to which one ascends along two pathways. Along the winding road of the Valley Church of the Annunciation and the various chapels animated by groups of statues and wall paintings. On the same side are also the shrines of the Way of the Cross with bas-reliefs in cast iron. According to tradition, the shrine was founded as a result of the miraculous apparition of the Virgin Fra 'Bartolomeo Dishes from Ivrea, the convent of San Francesco di Locarno, in 1480, on the eve of the Feast of the Assumption (August 15). At the top of the mountain rise so the first two chapels dedicated to the Virgin Advocate (the original nucleus of the Church of the Assumption) and the Piet
456 The Great Saint Bernard Hospice Shrines 1946 Bourg-Saint-Pierre Switzerland The Congregation of Great St. Bernard is a religious family millennium which now forty canons, priests or brothers and two sisters Oblate consecrated to God in the Community. The Congregation was founded in the eleventh century by St. Bernard of Montjou, archdeacon in the city of Aosta. He had been the responsibility of hosting merchants, pilgrims and all passengers had to cross on foot or by mule sometimes, the huge barrier of the Alps. Bernard listened to the story of their misadventures, how the storm had experienced while a tiring march had already exhausted travelers often numbed by the cold. Arrived on the neck, they are found only shelter the remains of the ancient temple. Their hope of getting out alive also fell into ruin ... They came in plain, injured, robbed, completely exhausted, still reeling events of all kinds they faced: storms, avalanches, brigandage. Many of their companions will even let their lives. Source and photo courtesy of: http://gsbernard.net/
455 Maria Stein Shrine Shrines 4115 Metzerlen-Mariastein Switzerland The origin of the Sanctuary of Our Lady at Mariastein goes back to the first half of the 14th century. The Shrine of Our Lady was first mentioned 1434, but the shrine must have existed at least a generation earlier. The occasion for the origin of a place of pilgrimage at Mariastein was given when a small boy had fallen from the precipice down into the valley and was wonderfully saved from being hurt by the holy Virgin Mary. The legend embellished it: A mother with her little son was tending cattle on the ground where the monastery now stands. It was summertime and hot. She went down into the cave below where she fell asleep. In the meantime the boy playing around, fell over the edge of the cave some 50 metres down into the valley below. Waking up, the mother looked for her boy and, having a presentiment of what could have happened, fearing the worst, went down to the valley. There she found him picking flowers, as he said, for the beautiful Lady that had caught him up in her arms. He was unhurt and told his mother about his miraculous rescue and that the Lady wished to be venerated in the cave above. The sequel was that the cave was transformed into a chapel. Source and courtesy of: http://www.kloster-mariastein.ch/en.html
454 The Holy Grail Shrines Plaza Almoina s/n 46003 Valencia Spain The Chapel of the Holy Chalice was built by Bishop Vidal de Blanes in the 14th century to serve as a chapter house and burial place for bishops and canons; it was also used to hold courts of the realm and theology classes. It is three metres square and 16 metres high, with magnificent cross ribs in the shape of a star. The ribs extend downwards to small polychrome corbels along the tops of the walls. The Holy Chalice, can be seen in the shrine in the alabaster altarpiece. Actually, this is the old entrance to the choir, which was moved here in the 18th century. Source and courtesy of: http://www.catedraldevalencia.es/en/recorrido-por-la-catedral02.php
453 Apparitions to the Apostle James as Our Lady of the Pillar Shrines Plaza del Pilar s/n 50003 Zaragoza Spain The Basilica
452 The Monks sing the famous Benedictine Chant Shrines Calle Santo Domingo 2 09610 Santo Domingo de Silos Burgos Spain The monks of Silos became internationally famous through the album Chant, one of a number of recordings they have made. First released on LP, Chant became popular when re-released by Angel Records in 1994 and strongly marketed. It peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 music chart, and was certified as triple platinum, becoming the best-selling album of Gregorian chant ever released. It was followed by Chant II (1995). Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abbey_of_Santo_Domingo_de_Silos Photo courtesy of: http://www.abadiadesilos.es/
451 The Pilgrim Route of Saint James Shrines 15704 Santiago de Compostela A Coru The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela (Galician: Catedral de Santiago de Compostela), a cathedral of the archdiocese is in the World Heritage Site of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in Spain. The cathedral is the reputed burial-place of Saint James the Great, one of the apostles of Jesus Christ. The cathedral has historically been a place of pilgrimage on the Way of St. James, since the Early Middle Ages. The building is a Romanesque structure with later Gothic and Baroque additions. Source and photo courtesy of: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cathedral_of_Santiago_de_Compostela
450 The Sanctuary of Pe Shrines 37620 El Cabaco Salamanca Spain The Shrine of Our Lady of the Rock of France is in the province of Salamanca. More specifically, in the most beautiful part: the Sierra de Francia. There, at 1783 meters above sea level, this sanctuary is situated where a unique landscape encompassing the Castilian plain, the mountains of the Hurd and the Serra da Estrela in Portugal is contemplated. At this point we stand for a long and beautiful history. It all started with the discovery of a statue of the Virgin that transformed a lone peak at a meeting, prayer and contemplation of natural beauty. This image has become a catalyst for those who visit the "snow". Since its discovery, the image was and is beloved by the Salamanca. Its long tradition has allowed his devotion has spread beyond our Salamanca earth, and so their worship is also shared with many men and women from afar, especially in South America. Shortly after their discovery by Simon Vela, the image and the Shrine dedicated to her, is run by the Order of Preachers (Dominicans). Source and courtesy of: http://www.dominicos.org/pdefrancia/pagines/PFrancia.htm
449 Saint Ignatius of Loyola Shrines Lugar Barrio Loiola - N The Sanctuary of Loyola or Shrine and Basilica of Loyola (Spanish: Santuario de Loyola; Basque: Loiolako Santutegia) consists of a series of edifices built in Churrigueresque Baroque style around the birthplace of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus. The sanctuary stands along the river Urola at the neighbourhood of Loyola (Loiola, a place-name meaning 'foundry made in clad', or possibly 'hut made in clad') in the municipality of Azpeitia, Basque Country, Spain. Ignatius of Loyola, whose real name was I
448 The Miraculous Crucifix of Limpias Shrines 39820 Limpias Cantabria Spain The Miraculous Crucifix of Limpias is located in the 16th century Church of St. Peter in Santander, Spain, not far from the popular alleged apparitions of the Blessed Mother in Garabandal, Spain. The Crucifix is a beautiful 6 foot life-size figure of the crucified Jesus, and is located directly above the main altar. Arranged on either side of the crucifix, and somewhat below it, are life-size figures of the Sorrowful Virgin Mary and the Apostle John. The miraculous crucifix is believed to have been the work of Pedro de Mena, who died in 1693, and the crucifix was given to the church by Father Diego de la Piedra Secadura, who had been born at Limpias in 1716. The crucifix is a meditation on the sufferings of Our Lord portraying Him in the final moments of His agony. Measuring six feet tall, the corpus is clothed with a loin cloth that is held in place with a rope. The feet are one atop the other and are pierced with a single nail. The index and middle fingers of both pierced hands are extended as though giving a final blessing. The face of Our Lord is of particular beauty, with its glass eyes looking toward Heaven so that, for the most part, only the whites of the eyes are visible. - See more at: http://www.miraclesofthechurch.com/2010/10/miraculous-crucifix-of-limpias-jesus.html#sthash.TkTncUgc.dpuf Source and courtesy of: http://www.miraclesofthechurch.com/2010/10/miraculous-crucifix-of-limpias-jesus.html
447 The Dark Virgin of Guadalupe Shrines 10140 Guadalupe C The shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe was the most important Marian shrine in the medieval kingdom of Castile. It is revered in the monastery of Santa Mar
446 Our Lady of Garbandal, The Warning and the Miracle Shrines 39554 San Sebasti The Garabandal apparitions are apparitions of Saint Michael the Archangel and the Blessed Virgin Mary that are claimed to have occurred from 1961 to 1965 to four young schoolgirls in the rural village of San Sebasti
445 Our Lady of Covadonga Shrines Covadonga Spain Our Lady of Covadonga is a title of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and a Marian shrine devoted to her at Covadonga in the province of Asturias in north west Spain. The Spanish shrine rose to prominence following the Battle of Covadon in 722, at which the Moorish invasion of Spain was first resisted. A statue of the Virgin Mary, secretly hidden in one of the caves, was believed to have miraculously aided the Christian victory. Our Lady of Covadonga is the patron of Asturias, and a basilica was built to house the current statue. Pope John Paul II visited the shrine at Covadonga to honour the Virgin Mary. Source and photo courtesy of: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Lady_of_Covadonga
444 Basilica of Our Lady of Candelaria Shrines Plaza de la Patrona de Canarias 1 38530 Candelaria Santa Cruz de Tenerife Spain The Basilica of the Royal Marian Shrine of the Our Lady of Candelaria (Spanish: Bas
443 Church of the Sacred Family Shrines Carrer de Mallorca 401 08013 Barcelona Spain The expiatory church of La Sagrada Fam
442 Saenamteo (Korean Martyrs Shrine) Shrines 199-1 Ichon 2-dong Yongsan-gu Seoul Korea Saenamteo is situated on a stretch of land between the old southern fortress wall of Seoul and the Han River. From the beginning of the Yi Dynasty this site was used as a military training ground and as an execution site for major criminals as well as for those who committed treasonable offences. During the four major persecutions of Catholics in Korea (called the Sinyu, Gihae, Byung-o, Byung-in persecutions) many priests and laymen gave affirmation to their faith by shedding their blood at this site. Among were in 1801 the Chinese priest Mun-Mo Ju, the first Catholic priest in Korea and in 1846, father Andreas Tae-Gon Kim, the first native Korean priest. Eleven of those martyred here had been canonized, adding glory and honor to this holy ground. The Catholic Church in Korea designated Saenamteo as a "Martyrs Shrine" in 1950 and erected the Monument of the Catholic Martyrs in 1956, from the next year, Clerical Congregation of the Blessed Korean Martyrs has maintained the Shrine. In 1981 the Saenamteo Church was established by Archdiocese of Seoul and in 1987, Clerical Congregation of the Blessed Korean Martyrs completed the building of the present memorial Church in traditional Korean architectural style. Currently, 9 martyrs who passed away at the site are resting at Saenamteo church. Source and photo courtesy of: http://saenamteo.or.kr/introduction_en
441 Jeoldusan Korean Martyrs Museum Shrines 6 Tojeong-ro Mapo-gu Seoul Jeoldusan Martyrs
440 Ngome Marian Shrine of Mary "Tabernacle of the Most High" Shrines 275 Langgewacht Ngome Vryheid 3100 South Africa Mary, the Mother of God has chosen Ngome, in the heart of ZuluLand, South Africa, to become a place where we might find a little bit of Heaven in our busy, developing world. Central Zulu Land, in South Africa, in all its natural beauty was chosen by the Blessed Virgin Mary to make Herself known under the title
439 Mary Help of Christians Church and the Miraculous Icon of Our Lady Shrines Brezje 72 4243 Brezje Slovenia As long ago as the 15th century, the Chapel of St Vitus stood at the edge of Brezjansko polje. The adjacent Chapel of the Virgin was built in 1800, with frescoes by Leopold Layer, who also painted the miracle-working Madonna with child. Miracles and granted prayers began to occur below the painting from 1863 on, drawing ever greater numbers of pilgrims and thus the present church was built between 1889 and 1900. The local bishop subsequently passed the church to Franciscan priests, who built a monastery next to it. A picture of the Virgin Mary was solemnly crowned in the presence of 30,000 believers on 1 September 1907, and in 1988 Pope John Paul II conferred the honorary title of basilica upon the Church of Brezje. Eight years later the Pope himself visited Brezje. More recently, one of the most prominent pilgrims was Laura Bush, the First Lady of the United States, in June 2001. The main annual pilgrimage events are the Feast of the Virgin Mary (24 May), the Feast of the Assumption (15 August), Angels' Sunday, the anniversary of the coronation of the painting (the first Sunday in September), the day of prayer for spiritual vocations (the second Saturday in September) and the anniversary of the consecration of the Basilica (the first Sunday in October). Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.slovenia.info/
438 Saint Jacob's Church Shrines N This is the highest gothic altar in the world. Its height 18,62 meters, corresponds to 60 Levo?a's feets and its width to 20 Levo?a's feets. It fills the space of the sanctuary from floor to arch. It was created in the workshop of Master Pavol from Levo?a (Majster Pavol z Levo?e) as his chef d'oeuvres around 1508-1510. Then it waited without paintings and golden decoration for a longer time. It was finished up in 1517. It is admirable not only for its dimensions. It is clearly visible that Master Pavol perfectly managed the geometrical harmony of gothic architecture. The whole work consists of a system of circles and triangles and this is why it looks remarkably balanced. Each component has its precisely determined place. Moreover, the Master genially fixed this giant altar in the space of a quite little presbytery what makes the impression that the altar blends nicely with the architecture. Thus, it creates a harmonic whole and it complements it. Another interesting fact is that the working on this altar put together many excellent artists. The most important one was Master Pavol, who designed the altar, counted everything and made the main sculptures. The journeymen, who carved the very fine ornaments and the quadrilateral little towers, were also up to standard. The painters who decorated it with gold (it means that in the main part with the pure gold and the shield just with the false gold - they plated it with silver and repainted it with a transparent enamel) were professionals, too. Painters of the table pictures were also on professional level. Although it is consecrated to St. James the Apostle, the patron and the protector of the town and the church, the altar is in fact the altar of apostles. They form the basis of its iconography, making a closed iconographically programme. For the first time, we meet them at the predella, presenting the Last dinner in the moment when Christ delivers its tragic words: "One of you shall betray me". Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.chramsvjakuba.sk/en.html#hosjakuba
437 The Shrine of Our Lady of Levoca & the Marian Hill Shrines 054 01 Levo?a Slovakia The gilded statue of the Mother of God, Levoca, Slovakia was executed in the workshop of Pavel of Levoca in the 15th century. It is venerated in the chapel there which was built by the townspeople in gratitude for their delivery from a Mongol attack. The image attracted many tourists at the time, some of whom experienced miracles such as healings. The Patron of Slovakia is the Mother of Sorrows. The region has long had an ardent devotion to the Mother of God even during the cruelest of the Communist times. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.catholictradition.org/Mary/shrines2.htm
436 Basilica of Our Lady of Sorrows Shrines Kl Basilica of the Virgin Mary's Basilica ( Basilica minor) in SaStin-minded , one of the most important basilicas for Slovakia . The construction began in 1736 , was built according to plans Mateja VEPI. Visit the basilica each year tens of thousands of pilgrims , especially on the Solemnity of Pentecost (Pentecost) and the Feast of Our Lady of Seven Sorrows ( September 15 ). The basilica is linked with a statue of the Virgin Mary from the year 1564 . Worship this statue allowed archbishop Imrich Esterh
435 Novena Church of Saint Alphonsus Shrines 300 Thomson Rd Singapore 307653 The Redemptorists came to Singapore in 1935 from Australia, and finally found their permanent home at the present site at 300 Thomson Road (from their earlier chapel at 339 Thomson Road). The new Redemptorist Chapel was solemnly blessed on 14 May 1950. Although officially known as Church of St. Alphonsus, the Church is better known as the Novena Church due to the popular novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help that draws thousands of people from all walks of life every Saturday to this Church with the Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help. The facade of the Church is characterised by three neo-classical semi-circular pediment with a central stained glass window, Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.novenachurch.com/
434 The Hermitage Museum & St. Catherine's Parish Shrines Nevsky Prospect 32-34 St Petersburg Russia 191186 The Church of St. Catherine (Russian: ??????? ?????? ?????????) in St. Petersburg is the oldest Catholic church in Russia, and the only church in Russia with the title of minor basilica (status granted July 23, 2013). It is part of the Archdiocese of Moscow headed by Msgr. Paolo Pezzi, and is located on the Nevsky Prospekt. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catholic_Church_of_St._Catherine Photo courtesy of: http://catherine.spb.ru/
433 Church of Saint Louis of France Shrines ulitsa Malaya Lubyanka 12? Moscow Russia The Catholic Parish of St Louis French, founded in 1789 in Moscow. The St Louis Church, in addition to different language groups who gather there, Russian, French, English, Italian, Vietnamese, Filipino, Lithuanian, ... etc., Also hosts the Russian Catholic parish of Saints Peter and Paul no longer has own church. Source and photo courtesy of: http://saintlouisinmoscow.ru/
432 Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Shrines Malaya Gruzinskaya ulitsa 27/13 Moscow Russia 123557 The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Holy Virgin Mary is a neo-Gothic church that serves as the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Moscow. Located in the Central Administrative Okrug, it is one of only two Catholic churches in Moscow and the largest in Russia. The construction of the cathedral was proposed by the Tsarist government in 1894. Groundbreaking was in 1899; construction work began in 1901 and was completed ten years later. Three-aisled and built from red brick, the cathedral is based on a design by architect Tomasz Bohdanowicz-Dworzecki. The style was influenced by Westminster Abbey and Milan Cathedral. With the help of funds from Catholic parishes in Russia and its neighbouring states, the church was consecrated as a chapel for Moscow's Polish parish in 1911. In the aftermath of the Russian Revolution in 1917, the Provisional Government was overthrown by the Bolsheviks and Russia became part of the newly formed Soviet Union. Because the promotion of state atheism was a part of Marxist-Leninist ideology, the government ordered many churches closed; the cathedral was closed in 1938. During World War II, it was threatened with demolition, and was used after the war for civil purposes, as a warehouse and then a hostel. Following the fall of communism in 1991, it returned to being a church in 1996. In 2002 it was elevated to the status of cathedral. Following an extensive and costly program of reconstruction and refurbishment, the cathedral was reconsecrated in 2005. In the 21st century, after 58 years of non-religious use, the cathedral is once again the setting for regular church services in multiple languages
431 Catholic Parish of the Nativity of Jesus Shrines 63 Prolitarskia Magadan Russia Box 171 685000 The Church of the Nativity at Magadan in the Russian Far East serves local Roman Catholics, many of whom survived Joseph Stalin's forced labor camps set up in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s to exploit gold in Kolyma's harsh subarctic climate. Today the church stands both as a monument to the millions who died or suffered in the camps and as a source of inspiration for the local population. The church was built largely through the efforts of Father Michael Shields of Anchorage who went to Magadan in 1994 specifically to care for those who had suffered in the camps. There are close contacts between Magadan and Anchorage, its twin city. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_the_Nativity_%28Magadan%29 Photo courtesy of: http://www.magadancatholic.com/
430 Miraculous Statue of Our Lady Shrines Miercurea Ciuc Romania The most important creation of the Pilgrimage Church is the statue that represents the Virgin Mary. This was made of linden wood in Renaissance style between the years 1510 and 1515. The artist who created it is unknown. Its height is 227 cm and it is the highest of all statues known in the world. It represents the Lady Dressed in the Sun who has the moon under her feet and a wreath made of twelve stars around her head. There is also a crown on her head, in her right hand a scepter, in her left arm her Holy Son, the baby Jesus. In 1798 it was recognized as miraculous by the bishop Ign
429 Our Lady of Sorrows Church Shrines B.P. 341 Butare Rwanda Since November 28th, 1981, Kibeho is known to be a place of apparitions and pilgrimage. As Mons. Augustin Misago, Bishop of Gikongoro, wished it in his Declaration bearing the final judgement on the event of the "Apparitions of Kibeho" (N
428 Church of St. Anthony of Padua Shrines Rua Pedras Negras 1 1100-401 Lisboa Portugal Santo Antonio (better known as Saint Anthony of Padua), revered as a matchmaker, protector of young brides, and patron of the lost and found, was actually born in Lisbon, on the site of this church. Work began in 1757, and the fa
427 Shrine of Our Lady of Sameiro Shrines Avenida Nossa Senhora do Sameiro 44 4715-616 Espinho - Braga Portugal The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sameiro (or Sanctuary of Sameiro) is a sanctuary and Marian shrine located in Braga, in the surroundings of the city of Braga, Portugal. Construction was begun on 14 July 1863 on the domed church of Nossa Senhora do Sameiro (Our Lady of Sameiro). The founder of the shrine was the Vicar of Braga, Padre Antonio Martinho Pereira da Silva. The sanctuary is the largest Marian devotional shrine in Portugal, second only to the Sanctuary of F
426 The Archcathedral Parish of St Stanislaus and St Wenceslaus Shrines 31-001 Krak The first cathedral church at Wawel was probably built shortly after the Cracow Bishopric was established in the year 1000. Too little is known about the original cathedral to be able to reconstruct its appearance. More is known about the successive Romanesque church from the turn of the 11th and the 12th centuries. Its construction is attributed to the reign of Duke W?adys?aw Herman (1079-1102). The newly built church was consecrated in 1142. It was a triple-aisle basilica, built in limestone and sandstone, probably with galleries over the side aisles. On the east and west side of the church were galleries built on a rectangular plan with semicircular apses and with crypts under the galleries. Two towers built on a square plan flanked the west side of the church. Substantial parts of the structure have survived intact to this day, including St Leonard
425 Saint Stanislaus Kostka Church and Shrine of Blessed Jerzy Popie?uszko Shrines kard. Stanis?awa Hozjusza 2 Warsaw Poland The parish church of St. Stanislaus Kostka in Zoliborz, a northern district of Warsaw, in which Blessed Father Jerzy Popieluszko served in that last years of his life, intends to preserve this message. On the 19th of October 2010, during the solemn Holy Mass celebrated on the occasion of the first feast of Blessed Father Jerzy Popieluszko, priest and martyr, the Archbishop of Warsaw, Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz established the Archdiocesan Sanctuary of Blessed Father Jersy Popieluszko in the parish church of St. Stanislaus Kostka in Warsaw. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.popieluszko.net.pl/english/index_en.php
424 Birthplace of Pope John Paul II Shrines Ko?cielna 7 34-100 Wadowice Poland The Holy Father John Paul II Family Home in Wadowice was the family home of Karol J
423 The Wieliczka Salt Mine Shrines Dani?owicza 10 32-020 Wieliczka Poland One traveled Frenchman observed in the 18th century that Krakow's Wieliczka salt mine was no less magnificent than the Egyptian pyramids. Millions of visitors, the crowned heads and such celebrities as Goethe and Sarah Bemhardt among them, have appeared to share his enthusiasm when exploring the subterranean world of labyrinthine passages, giant caverns, underground lakes and chapels with sculptures in the crystalline salt and rich ornamentation carved in the salt rock. They have also marveled at the ingenuity of the ancient mining equipment in the Wieliczka salt mine. And the unique acoustics of the place have made hearing music here an exceptional experience. The Wieliczka Salt Mine, nowadays practically on the southeast outskirts of Krakow, has been worked for 900 years. It used to be one of the world's biggest and most profitable industrial establishments when common salt was commercially a medieval equivalent of today's oil. Always a magnet, since the mid-18th century Krakow's Wieliczka salt mine has become increasingly a tourist attraction in the first place. Today visitors walk underground for about 2,000 m in the oldest part of the salt mine and see its subterranean museum, which takes three hours or so. Nine centuries of mining in Wieliczka produced a total of some 200 kilometers of passages as well as 2,040 caverns of varied size. The tourist route starts 64 m deep, includes twenty chambers, and ends 135 m below the earth surface, where the world's biggest museum of mining is located with the unique centuries-old equipment among its exhibits. Occasionally concerts and other events take place in the Wieliczka mine
422 Shrine of Divine Mercy Shrines ul. Siostry Faustyny 3 30-608 Krakow Poland By esthetic standards the 20th-century icon of the Lord
421 Have No Fear! John Paul II Centre Shrines ul. J. Marcika 3 30-443 Krakow Poland Have No Fear! John Paul II Center in Krakow is destined to be the main shrine to the saintly Pope who led the Catholic Church into its third millenium and made an indelible mark on the world. The vast complex has been designed to accommodate a number of Catholic institutions, such as a Volunteerism Center and the Institute of John Paul II, as well as churches and chapels. The center is conveniently situated in close proximity to the famous Sanctuary of Divine Mercy. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.krakow-info.com/JPII-sanctuary.htm
420 Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary (Mariocki) Shrines 31-042 Krak Kosciol Mariacki. There was a church built here in the 1220s, partly destroyed by the Tartar raids of 1241 the present basilica was built on the remaining ruins (hence its orientation). The facade is dominated by the two unequal towers; the lowest, topped by a Renaissance dome is the bell tower holding 5 bells, whilst the taller, 81 metres high, belongs to the city and serves as a watchtower. It was given a gilded crown (c.4 metres in diameter) in 1666 - the gilded ball further up is said to contain the written history of the city. The hejnal is played from this tower every hour and on Polish Radio at noon. Legend has it that a Tartar arrow pierced the throat of the bugler whilst giving the alarm; in commemoration the bugle call breaks off suddenly. Inside the church the east wall of the chancel is taken up by the altar of Wit Stwosz, the Dormition of the Virgin a huge polyptych carved in 1477-89 (about 13 metres high and 11 metres wide, it is the largest piece of mediaeval art of its kind). The altar is opened daily at noon. In the right aisle is a Baroque altar with a stone crucifix (again by Stwosz). The chancel also features original 14th century stained-glass and e.Baroque stalls. The wall paintings are by Matejko. Above the organ loft is Art Nouveau work by Wyspianski and Mehoffer. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.krakow4u.pl/
419 The Polish Jerusalem Shrines ul. Bernardynska 46 Kalwaria Zebrzydowska Poland Among the most frequently visited pilgrimage centres of Poland, Kalwaria Zebrzydowska is part of one of Europe
418 The Lourdes of Poland Shrines Klasztorna 1 11-036 Gietrzwa?d Poland Gietrzwald is a small village in Warmia which became famous as the only place in Poland approved by the church of manifestations of Our Lady. A bright vision of the
417 St. Maximillian Kolbe and St. Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) Shrines ul. Wie?ni Maximilian was born in 1894 in Poland and became a Franciscan. He contracted tuberculosis and, though he recovered, he remained frail all his life. Before his ordination as a priest, Maximilian founded the Immaculata Movement devoted to Our Lady. After receiving a doctorate in theology, he spread the Movement through a magazine entitled "The Knight of the Immaculata" and helped form a community of 800 men, the largest in the world. Maximilian went to Japan where he built a comparable monastery and then on to India where he furthered the Movement. In 1936 he returned home because of ill health. After the Nazi invasion in 1939, he was imprisoned and released for a time. But in 1941 he was arrested again and sent to the concentration camp at Auschwitz. On July 31, 1941, in reprisal for one prisoner's escape, ten men were chosen to die. Father Kolbe offered himself in place of a young husband and father. And he was the last to die, enduring two weeks of starvation, thirst, and neglect. He was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1982. His feast day is August 14th. Source and photo courtesy of: https://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=370 "Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)Virgin and Martyr Edith Stein, born in 1891 in Breslau, Poland, was the youngest child of a large Jewish family. She was an outstanding student and was well versed in philosophy with a particular interest in phenomenology. Eventually she became interested in the Catholic Faith, and in 1922, she was baptized at the Cathedral Church in Cologne, Germany. Eleven years later Edith entered the Cologne Carmel. Because of the ramifications of politics in Germany, Edith, whose name in religion was Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, was sent to the Carmel at Echt, Holland. When the Nazis conquered Holland, Teresa was arrested, and, with her sister Rose, was sent to the concentration camp at Auschwitz. Teresa died in the gas chambers of Auschwitz in 1942 at the age of fifty-one. In 1987, she was beatified in the Cologne cathedral by Pope John Paul II. Out of the unspeakable human suffering caused by the Nazis in western Europe in the 1930's and 1940's, there blossomed the beautiful life of dedication, consecration, prayer, fasting, and penance of Saint Teresa. Even though her life was snuffed out by the satanic evil of genocide, her memory stands as a light undimmed in the midst of evil, darkness, and suffering. She was canonized on October 11, 1998. ource and photo courtesy: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=179"
416 Shrine of Saint Pedro Calungsod Shrines 234 D. Jakosalem St. Cebu City Philippines After the beatification of Pedro Calungsod in 2000, it became necessary to have a shrine for the propagation of the devotion to this very first Visayan
415 Convent of Santo Domingo, Shrine of Saint Rose of Lima and Saint Martin de Porres Shrines Jiron Camana 170 - Cercado de Lima Lima Peru The Convent of the Holy Rosary, better known as the Convent of Santo Domingo de Lima, of the Order of Preachers (Dominican Order), was founded in 1535. It was built in the mid-sixteenth century. The Living Receipt Convento sports a unique coffered ceiling, composed of hundreds of pieces of carved wood. First Cloister decorated with Seville tiles and a series of paintings that tell the life of the founder of the Order, Santo Domingo. The paintings are attributed to Mateo P
414 Procession of Our Lord of the Miracles Shrines Jir Lord of Miracles (in Spanish: Se
413 The Town of Perast and The Church of Our Lady of the Rocks Shrines 85336 Perast Montenegro The little town of Perast, a treasure trove of valuable works of the cultural, historical, and artistic heritage of Boka is nestled in one of the most beautiful areas of Boka Kotorska, at the base of the hill of St. Elias. Its valuable monuments, churches, chapels, slender bell-towers, the City Museum, exquisite palaces, balconies and coats of arms have all been well-preserved. During the winter, it is protected from the northern winds, turned towards the sun and the sea, while a comfortable breeze from Verige helps cool down the town during the heat of the summer. Two picturesque islets stand guard before it. The natural islet of St. George houses a 17th century church of the same name, as well as the Perast cemetery, dating from 1886, and an ancient Benedictine abbey, from the 12th century. When taken, generic Propecia 1 mg online works to inhibit the formation of DHT (the product that causes genetic hair loss) within the system. This secretive islet, over-grown with dense vegetation and slender cypress trees could have, perhaps, served as the inspiration for the painting The Island of the Dead by Swiss painter B
412 Shrine of San Juan de Los Lagos Shrines Centro 47000 San Juan de Los Lagos JAL Mexico The relevant monument erected to the worship of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception, now Virgin of San Juan de los Lagos, stands out for its height and magnificence in the urban context where it is set, the trace and much of the construction to alarife be Juan Rodr
411 Statue of Our Lady of Ocotlan & Healing Well of Ocotlan Shrines Ocotl The Virgin of Ocotl
410 Blessed Sebastian of Aparicio, Incorrupt Body Shrines Av 14 Oriente 805 Del Alto 72290 Puebla Mexico Sebastian de Aparicio y del Pardo, O.F.M., was a Spanish colonist in Mexico shortly after its conquest by Spain, who after a lifetime as a rancher and road builder entered the Order of Friars Minor as a lay brother. He spent the next 26 years of his long life as a beggar for the Order and died with a great reputation for holiness. He has been beatified by the Catholic Church. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sebastian_de_Aparicio Photo courtesy of: Dantadd
409 The Church of the Fifth Apparition to Juan Diego Shrines Ejido N/A 55060 Ecatepec de Morelos Estado de M St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin (1474
408 Blessed Miguel Pro, Priest, Master of Disguise, Martyr Shrines Puebla 144 Roma Norte Cuauht The Shrine of Blessed Miguel Pro is in the beautiful Jesuit Church of the Holy Family in Colonia Roma, D.F. (Mexico City). After the ritual exhumation during the Beatification process in 1988, Father Pro's relics were reserved in a small chapel in this church until November of 1997 when they were translated into the main sanctuary in order to make them more accessible for veneration by the faithful. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.experience-catholic-pilgrimages.com/mexico-city-pilgrimage.html
407 The Collegiate Parish Church of Saint Paul's Shipwreck Shrines Triq San Pawl Valletta VLT 1212 Malta The church was first built in 1570 by Girolamo Cassar with funds provided by the Cathedral church; during the building of the church the parish priest administered the sacraments from the Carmelite church. The church was rebuilt between 1639 and 1679 and in 1733 it became a collegiate church. Source and photo Courtesy of: http://www.sanpawlvalletta.com/index2.html
406 Vilnius Cathedral Shrines Katedros a. 1 Vilnius 01143 Lithuania The Cathedral of St. Stanislav and St. Vladislav is the most important place of worship for the country
405 Our Lady Gate of Dawn Shrines Au The Gates of Dawn is one of the most visited shrines in Vilnius that is famous not only in Lithuania but also abroad, worshipped by the representatives of other creeds too. This is the only surviving gate of the first original five gates in the city wall that was built between 1503 and 1522. The gates were first mentioned in 1514. At first the Gates of Dawn were called the Medininkai Gate, as it is on the road to Medininkai, in Polish Ostra Brama, the
404 Church of the Holy Spirit Shrines Dominikonu g. 8 Vilnius LT-2001 Lithuania This is one of the oldest and most lavishly decorated churches in Vilnius, which belongs to the period of mature and late Baroque. It is thought that the first church stood there in the times of Gediminas, even before the country
403 Our Lady of Siluva Shrines Raseini? g. 27 Our Lady of
402 Symbol of Faith & Resistance Shrines Jurgai?i? Me The Hill of Crosses has about 100 000 crosses. It is said that first crosses were erected here by the next-of-kin of the rebels that fell in the 1831 rebellion. The Hill of Crosses ia an historical architectural monument, it is a unique composition of folk art. The Hill of crosses atract's people with it's peace, spirituality, authenticity and sacred nature. The hill of crosses was visited by Pope John Paul II. Even more crosses appeared after the rebellion in 1863. At tht time the traditions of visiting and erecting crosses on the hill of crosses were being formed. The Hill of crosses became a place of vows in Lithuania. In the beginning of the 20th century, the hill was already quite well known. It was being visited by a lot of people, and services and feasts were taking place here. Now It has about 100 000 cross. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.hillofcrosses.com/
401 Our Lady of Lebanon Shrines Keserwan Lebanon Our Lady of Lebanon (Arabic,???? ?????), also known as Notre Dame du Liban, is a marian shrine and a pilgrimage site, honoring the patron saint of the Mediterranean country of Lebanon. The Lebanese Christians as well as the Druze and Muslims have a special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Maronite Patriarch of Antioch named her the "Queen of Lebanon" in 1908 upon completion of the shrine. Overlooking the bay of Jounieh, the shrine has become a major tourist attraction where tourists take the gondola lift, the T
400 The 26 Martyrs Museum Shrines 7-8 Nishizakamachi Nagasaki 850-0051 Japan The Twenty-Six Martyrs Museum and Monument were built on Nishizaka Hill in June 1962 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the canonization of the Christians executed on the site on February 5, 1597. The 26 people, a mixture of native Japanese Christians and European priests (20 Japanese, four Spaniards, one Mexican and one Indian) had been arrested in Kyoto and Osaka on the order of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the national ruler, for preaching Christianity. They were imprisoned, then later marched through the snow to Nagasaki, so that their execution might serve as a deterrent to Nagasaki's large Christian population. Hung up on 26 crosses with chains and ropes, the Christians were lanced to death in front of a large crowd on Nishizaka Hill. St Paul Miki is said to have preached to the crowd from his cross. The main theme inherent in both the museum and monument is "The Way to Nagasaki"
399 Apparitions of Our Lady to Sister Agnes Katsuko Sasagawa Shrines Akita-shi Akita-ken Japan In 1973, the Blessed Virgin Mary gave Sister Agnes Katsuko Sasagawa in Akita, Japan three messages through a statute of Mary. Bathed in a brilliant light, the statute became alive and spoke with a voice of indescribable beauty. Her Guardian Angel also appeared and taught her to pray. The wooden statute from which the voice came wept 101 times over a course of several years. It also perspired abundantly and the perspiration sent out a sweet perfume. Its right palm bled from a wound having the form of a cross. Hundreds of people witnessed many of these events. Scientific analysis of blood and tears from the statute provided by Professor Sagisaka of the faculty of Legal Medicine of the University of Akita confirmed that the blood, tears, and perspiration are real human tears, sweat, and blood. They come from three blood groups: O, B, and AB. Sister Agnes also has stigmata on the right palm. A Korean woman with terminal brain cancer received immediate healing while praying before the statute in 1981. The miracle was confirmed by Dr. Tong-Woo-Kim of the St. Paul Hospital in Seoul and Fr. Theisen, President of the Ecclesiastical Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Seoul. The second miracle was the complete cure of total deafness of Sister Agnes. April, 1984 - Most Rev. John Shojiro Ito, Bishop of Niigata, Japan, after years of extensive investigation, declares the events of Akita, Japan, to be of supernatural origin, and authorises throughout the entire diocese the veneration of the Holy Mother of Akita. He said: "The message of Akita is the message of Fatima." June, 1988 - Vatican City - Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Prefect, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, gives definitive judgement on the Akita events and messages as reliable and worthy of belief. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.theworkofgod.org/Aparitns/Akita.htm
398 Birthplace of the Conclave, The Palace of the Popes and Body of Saint Rose of Viterbo Shrines Piazza San Lorenzo 10 01100 Viterbo Italy Viterbo Cathedral (Italian: Duomo di Viterbo, or Cattedrale di San Lorenzo) is a Roman Catholic cathedral, and the principal church of the city of Viterbo, Lazio, central Italy. It is the seat of the Bishop of Viterbo and is dedicated to Saint Lawrence. The church is an imposing Romanesque structure situated high on the hill which the city climbs, but it lacks much of the spectacular decoration with which it was originally adorned, thanks to an ill-advised sixteenth-century reconstruction. Source and photo courtesy of: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viterbo_Cathedral
397 The Sanctuary of Vicoforte Shrines Piazza Carlo Emanuele I 1 12080 Vicoforte Cuneo Italy The Santuario di Vicoforte to honour the Virgin Mary is a monumental church located in the commune of Vicoforte, province of Cuneo, Piedmont, northern Italy. It is known for having the largest elliptical cupola in the world. Source and photo courtesy of: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanctuary_of_Vicoforte
396 The Basilica Palladiana & Sanctuary of Monte Berico Shrines Corso Santi Felice e Fortunato 219 36100 Vicenza Italy The origins of the Sanctuary of Monte Berico are connected with two apparitions of the Madonna to Vincenza Pasini, a woman who was taking food to her husband who worked on the hill: the first on 7 March, 1426, the second on 1 August, 1428. The Madonna promised that the plague would end and asked for a church to be erected in that spot. So in 1428, in just a few months, the first late-Gothic church and a little cenoby were built to house a religious community dedicated to looking after pilgrims. After a short period in which the church was governed by the Friars of St Brigitte, the whole place was handed over to the Servants of Mary (1435), still the custodians today. Since then the Sanctuary has undergone a series of modifications. From 1493 to 1498 the convent was built up, and the church was enlarged by Lorenzo da Bologna, according to a design by Palladio; in 1590-91 more development work was carried out but no trace remains of this because it was demolished in 1687; in 1703 the Baroque church by Carlo Borella was built; between 1825 and 1852 the new campanile was built on the design of Antonio Piovene, which destroyed the choir by Lorenzo da Bologna and the sacristy next to it was also damaged; in 1860-61 Giovanni Miglioranza's facade for the first church was re-built. The first church had five spans covered with cross vaults, supported by columns covered in marble in the 19th century. "St John and the Image of the Madonna" in the lunettes of the entrance door is the work of Pietro Pala. Borella's church has a plan of a cross inside a square, and at the end of each arm there are four smaller rooms covered by canopy roofs. The three outer walls (the fourth is the side of the first church) all have the same facade. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.gruppo4.com/sivi/giu_e/gc02_e.htm
395 Verona Cathedral Shrines Piazza Duomo 21 37121 Verona Italy Verona Cathedral (Italian: Cattedrale di Santa Maria Matricolare, or simply Duomo di Verona) is a church in Verona, northern Italy. It was erected after two Palaeo-Christian churches on the same site had been destroyed by an earthquake in 1117. Built in Romanesque style, the cathedral was consecrated on September 13, 1187. The structure was later modified by several renovation interventions, although the plan has remained unchanged. Source and photo courtesy of: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verona_Cathedral
394 Basilica Santa Maria dell Salute Shrines San Polo 3072 30125 Venezia Italy The Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, usually just called the Frari, is a church in Venice, northern Italy. One of the greatest churches in the city, it has the status of a minor basilica. It stands on the Campo dei Frari at the heart of the San Polo district. The church is dedicated to the Assumption (Italian: Assunzione della Beata Virgine). The Franciscans were granted land to build a church in 1250, but the building was not completed until 1338. Work almost immediately began on its much larger replacement, the current church, which took over a century to build. The campanile, the second tallest in the city after that of San Marco, was completed in 1396. The imposing edifice is built of brick, and is one of the city's three notable churches built in the Italian Gothic style. As with many Venetian churches, the exterior is rather plain. The interior contains the only rood screen still in place in Venice. The Frari is a parish church of the Vicariate of San Polo-Santa Croce-Dorsoduro. The other churches of the parish are San Barnaba, San Ludovico Vescovo, Santa Maria del Soccorso and Santa Margherita. Titian, the most important member of the 16th-century Venetian school of painting, is interred in the Frari. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Maria_Gloriosa_dei_Frari Photo courtesy of: http://www.basilicadeifrari.it/
393 Basilica of Saint Mark Shrines San Marco 328 Venice Italy Saint Mark's Basilica is a monument made unique by both its wealth of history and the magnificence of its fa
392 Saint Mary Mazzarello Shrines Piazza Maria Ausiliatrice 27 10152 Torino Italy Saint Maria Domenica Mazzarello (May 9, 1837
391 Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati Shrines Piazza San Giovanni Turin Italy The Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, T.O.S.D., was an Italian Catholic social activist, who was a member of the Third Order of St. Dominic. He has been beatified by the Roman Catholic Church. Source and photo courtesy of: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pier_Giorgio_Frassati
390 St. John Bosco Shrines Via Maria Ausiliatrice 32 10152 Torino-Valdocco Italy The Salesians of Don Bosco (or the Salesian Society, officially recognized as the Society of St. Francis de Sales) is a Roman Catholic religious institute founded in the late nineteenth century by Saint John Bosco in order, through works of charity, to care for the young and poor children of the industrial revolution. The Salesians' charter describes the society's mission as "the Christian perfection of its associates obtained by the exercise of spiritual and corporal works of charity towards the young, especially the poor, and the education of boys to the priesthood". The institute is named for St. Francis de Sales, an early-modern bishop of Geneva. St. John Bosco died on the 31st of January 1888. Source and photo courtesy of: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salesians_of_Don_Bosco
389 Sanctuary of Gibilmanna Shrines Contrada Valle Grande Frazione di Gibilmanna 90015 Cefal The Sanctuary of Gibilmanna is a Christian shrine in the province of Palermo, Sicily, southern Italy. It is located in Gibilmanna, a frazione of the comune of Cefal
388 Basilica of Our Lady of Tears Shrines Viale Luigi Cadorna 139 96100 Siracusa Italy At number 11 Via degli Orti of Saint George St. one can find a humble home, where, in 1953, the Iannuso couple went to live after their matrimony, and where the wondrous happening of the lachrymation took place. Today the home in Via degli Orti St. is a place of prayer and recollection. There where the bed was, over which the miraculous image hung, is an altar where each day the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is celebrated. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.madonnadellelacrime.it/
387 Cathedral & the Tomb of Saint Agatha Shrines Via Vittorio Emanuele Catania Italy Catania Cathedral (Italian: Duomo di Catania, Cattedrale di Sant'Agata) dedicated to Saint Agatha, is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Catania, Sicily, southern Italy. It was the seat of the Bishops of Catania until 1859, when the diocese was elevated to an archdiocese, and since then has been the seat of the Archbishops of Catania Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catania_Cathedral Photo courtesy of: http://www.comune.catania.it/la_citt%C3%A0/il_filo_di_arianna/la_citt%C3%A0_ricostruita/Badia_di_Sant%27Agata.aspx
386 Cagliari and the Shrine of Our Lady of Bonaria (Our Lady of Good Air) Shrines Piazza Bonaria 2 09125 Cagliari Italy The hill of Bonaria is sited on the south-eastern part of the town of Cagliari. In 1323 King Alfonso of Aragona placed his camp there in order to conquer the town and built a fortified castle and church. In 1325 the King donated the church to the friars of The Order of Our Lady of Mercy. They built a convent and still live there nowadays. The Order of Our Lady of Mercy was founded in Barcelona by St. Peter Nolasco to free the Christian slaves from the Moors. Many slaves were redeemed by the monks of Bonaria. In 1370 a sailing-ship from Spain was caught in the middle of a violent storm. The whole shipment, including a heavy case, was thrown into the sea. As soon as the case touched the water, the storm suddenly calmed down miraculously. The case was found at the port of Bonaria and opened by the friars: it contained a wonderful statue of the Madonna holding the infant Jesus in her left hand and a lit candle in her right one. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.bonaria.eu/
385 "The Resurrection", Fresco by Pier Della Francesca Shrines Sansepolcro AR Italy The Resurrection is a fresco by the Italian Renaissance master Piero della Francesca, painted around 1463-65. Though documentation is lacking, the gothic Residenza, the communal meeting hall in which it was painted, was returned by Florentine authorities to the citizens of Sansepolcro, Tuscany, 1 February 1459, as a sign of the restoration of some measure of autonomy to the Borgo; today the civic structure houses the Museo Civico of Sansepolcro, the artist's hometown. Now placed high on the interior wall facing the entrance, the fresco has for its subject an allusion to the name of the city (meaning "Holy Sepulchre"), derived from the presence of two relics of the Holy Sepulchre carried by two pilgrims in the 9th century. Piero's Christ is also present on the town's Coat of Arms. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Resurrection_%28Piero_della_Francesca%29
384 Catacombs of Saint Domitilla Shrines Via delle Sette Chiese 282 00147 ROMA Italy The catacomb of Domitilla with its 15 km of subterranean galleries is not only the largest catacomb of Rome, it also provides an extensive insight into all phases and phenomena of an Early-Christian necropolis. A subterranean basilica was the centre of a pilgrimage sanctuary with the graves of the martyrs Nereus and Achilleus up until the Middle Ages. With about 80 painted tombs, the Domitilla-catacomb also comprises one of the largest inventories of catacomb painting. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.domitilla.info/
383 Catacombs of Saint Sebastian Shrines Via Appia Antica 136 00179 Roma Italy This cemetery, named after the martyr St. Sebastian, who is buried here, was originally called
382 Catacombs of Saint Callixtus Shrines Via Appia Antica 110/126 00179 ROME Italy The catacombs of St.Callixtus are among the greatest and most important of Rome. They originated about the middle of the second century and are part of a cemeterial complex. In it were buried tens of martyrs, 16 popes and very many Christians. They are named after the deacon Callixtus who, at the beginning of the third century, was appointed by pope Zephyrinus as the administrator of the cemetery and so the catacombs of St.Callixtus became the official cemetery of the Church of Rome. In the open area are two small basilicas with three apses, known as the "Trichorae". In the Eastern one were perhaps laid to rest pope Zephyrinus and the young martyr of the Eucharist, St.Tarcisius. The underground cemetery includes several areas. The Crypts of Lucina and the area of the Popes and of St.Cecilia are the most ancient areas. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.catacombe.roma.it/en/catacombe.php
381 Catacombs of Priscilla Shrines Via Salaria 430 00199 Rome Italy (Trieste) The Catacombs of Priscilla, sits on the Via Salaria, with its entrance in the convent of the Benedictine Sisters of Priscilla. It is mentioned in all of the most ancient documents on Christian topography and liturgy in Rome; because of the great number of martyrs buried within it, it was called
380 Museum of the Holy Souls in Purgatory Shrines Lungotevere Prati 12 Rome 00193 Italy Located in the back of the Chiesa del Sacro Cuore del Suffragio on the banks of the Tiber, the tiny century-old Piccolo Museo Del Purgatorio, or "Museum of the Holy Souls in Purgatory," holds a collection of bibles, prayer books, tabletops, and articles of clothing said to have been singed by the hands of souls in purgatory. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/museum-holy-souls-purgatory
379 San Lorenzo Youth Center Shrines Via Padre Pfeiffer Pancrazio 00193 Roma Italy The primary mission of the Centro San Lorenzo is to serve as a witness of Christ
378 Image of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Shrines Via Merulana Roma Italy The Church of St. Alphonsus Liguori (Chiesa di Sant'Alfonso di Liguori all'Esquilino in Italian) is a church located on the Via Merulana on the Esquiline Hill of Rome, Italy. It is dedicated to St. Alphonsus Liguori, the founder of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, who founded and staff the church, and is one of the thirty-three Doctors of the Church. The church is one of the rare examples of neo-Gothic architecture in Rome. It is one of the last papal churches of Rome, although the Redemptorists have possession of the church and its related complex. It was built between 1855 and 1859, designed by the Scottish architect George Wigley. The facade is of brick and travertine and features three doors. In the central tympanum of the door there is a polychrome mosaic depicting Our Lady of Perpetual Help. The facade is further embellished by a rose window. The interior decorations, rich with marble, date from the end of the nineteenth century, and are by the Bavarian painter and Redemptorist Max Schmalzl (1850-1930). The apse is crowned by a mosaic, put in place in 1964, depicting the Redeemer enthroned between the Virgin Mary and St. Joseph. Below the mosaic hangs the original icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, which was produced in Crete in the 14th century and given to the Redemptorists by Pope Pius IX in 1866. Source and photo courtesy of: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_St._Alphonsus_Liguori,_Rome
377 The Relics of St. Monica Shrines Piazza di Sant'Agostino Roma Italy Sant'Agostino is a church in Rome, Italy, not far from Piazza Navona. It is one of the first Roman churches built during the Renaissance. The construction was funded by Guillaume d'Estouteville, Archbishop of Rouen and Papal Chancellor. The fa
376 Sanctuary of Our Lady of Divine Love Shrines Via del Santuario Roma Italy Santuario della Madonna del Divino Amore or the shrine of Our Lady of Divine Love is a Roman Catholic shrine dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary that consists of two churches: an old church built in 1745 and a new church added to the sanctuary in 1999. The church was included by Pope John Paul II in the pilgrimage of Seven Pilgrim Churches of Rome during the Holy Year 2000. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santuario_della_Madonna_del_Divino_Amore
375 The Sanctuary of the Holy Stairs (Scala Santa) Shrines Piazza San giovanni In Laterano 14 Roma Italy The Scala Sancta (English: Holy Stairs, Italian: Scala Santa) are a set of 28 white marble steps located within a building in southeast Rome under the management of the Vatican. The steps, long encased in a protective framework of wooden steps, are located in a building that incorporates part of the old Lateran Palace. The stairs lead to the Sancta Sanctorum (English: Holy of Holies), the personal chapel of the early Popes known as the chapel of St. Lawrence. According to the Catholic tradition, they are the steps leading up to the praetorium of Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem on which Jesus Christ stepped on his way to trial during the events known as the Passion. The stairs were, reputedly, brought to Rome by St. Helena in the fourth century For centuries, the Scala Santa has attracted Christian pilgrims who wish to honor the Passion of Jesus. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scala_Sancta
374 The Church of Saint Paul at the Three Fountains (Tre Fontane) Shrines Viale Acque Salvie 1 00142 Roma San Paolo alle Tre Fontane (Italian), in English, St Paul at the Three Fountains is a church dedicated to St Paul the Apostle, at the presumed site of his martyrdom in Rome. In Latin it is known as Sancti Pauli ad Aquas Salvias (St Paul at Aquae Salviae). Since 2010 the church is a cardinalitial diaconia, with Mauro Piacenza as its cardinal deacon. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Paolo_alle_Tre_Fontane Photo courtesy of: http://abbaziatrefontane.it/
373 The Church of Santa Susanna Shrines Via Venti Settembre 15 00187 Rome Italy Santa Susanna's Church is a beautiful and historic place of worship, whose every feature is steeped in the history, art, and architecture of the Christian faith as it has been lived over the centuries in Rome Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.santasusanna.org/
372 The Church of Santa Maria in Ara Coeli Shrines Scala dell'Arcicapitolina 12 00186 Roma Italy The Basilica of St. Mary of the Altar of Heaven (Latin: Basilica Sanctae Mariae de Ara coeli in Capitolio, Italian: Basilica di Santa Maria in Ara coeli al Campidoglio) is a titular basilica in Rome, located on the highest summit of the Campidoglio. It is still the designated Church of the city council of Rome, which uses the ancient title of Senatus Populusque Romanus. The present Cardinal Priest of the Titulus Sancta Mariae de Aracoeli is Salvatore De Giorgi. Source and photo courtesy of: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Maria_in_Aracoeli
371 Church of San Francesco a Ripa Shrines Piazza di San Francesco D'Assisi 88 00153 Roma Italy The church of San Francesco d'Assisi a Ripa Grande in Trastevere is the first Franciscan church of Rome, the Franciscan Sanctuary of Rome, the only monastery where St. Francis lived, and where you can visit the room. The facade of the church (architect Mattia de Rossi, 1682) is baroque, simple and divided in two orders, with Doric pilasters that divide the lower floor into five compartments, while the upper floor is limited to the central nave. The bell tower, built in 1734, replacing the medieval one. The interior has a Latin cross with three naves and chapels in the nave has three right and three in the left. The aisles are divided by Doric pillars holding up the cornice, on which rests the vault. The environment is typical Franciscan, without pomp or luxury, but still decorated with many works and funeral monuments that adorn the pillars and walls. At the entrance you can see two funerary monuments of Senator Thomas Ray and his wife Hortense Spinola, attributed to Jerome Lucenti, dating from the seventeenth century. As for the pillars, on the second to the left is the monument to the Ven. Innocent from Chiusa, holy friar and great mystic, of G. B. Mola, while on the second to the right is the monument to the preacher, mystic and poet Bartolomeo Cambi from Salutio, with portrait on canvas, erected by Pope Benedict XIV. The high altar, baroque polychrome marble, has been made by the architect Franciscan Fr. Secondo from Rome (1746). At the center you can see the wooden statue of St. Francis in Ecstasy supported by angels, the sculptor Franciscan Fr. Diego da Careri, dating back to before 1660. On either side we can see the two plaster statues, made by fr. Secondo from Rome, representing Faith and Charity, dating back to 1751. Source and photo courtesy of: http://en.sanfrancescoaripa.com/
370 Church of the Gesu (Jesuit Church) Shrines Via degli Astalli 16 00186 Roma Italy The Church of the Ges
369 Our Lady of the Conception Capuchin Church Shrines Via Vittorio Veneto 27 00187 Roma Italy Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini, or Our Lady of the Conception of the Capuchins, is a church in Rome, Italy, commissioned in 1626 by Pope Urban VIII, whose brother, Antonio Barberini, was a Capuchin friar. It is located at Via Veneto, close to Piazza Barberini Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Maria_della_Concezione_dei_Cappuccini Photo courtesy of: http://www.bridgeandtunnelclub.com/bigmap/outoftown/italy/lazio/rome/chiesadisantamariadellaconcezione/
368 The Basilica of Saint Bartholomew Shrines Piazza S. Bartolomeo all'Isola 00186 Rome The century-old history of the Basilica of St. Bartholomew begins on the Tiber Island, one of the first inhabited areas of the ancient city of Rome. At the time of the Roman Empire, an ancient temple dedicated to the god Aesculapius was built in the area where the Basilica now stands, and people from all over the city came to ask for healing from their ailments. In year 997, the German Emperor Otto III decided to honour two important saints: Bartholomew the Apostle, and Adalbert, a well-known martyr killed while he was in mission preaching the Gospel in Poland. The Basilica was built to keep the bodies of these two martyrs. Throughout the centuries, the Basilica gathered several noteworthy works of sacred art within its walls. We will mention only a few of them: the stone well-head dating back to the 10th century, standing on top of a spring that was considered miraculous, with carved images of the Risen Christ, Saint Bartholomew, Saint Adalbert, and Emperor Otto III; the cycle of frescos of Antonio Carracci and Giovan Battista Mercati; the high altar made from a porphyry fountain basin dating back to the Roman Empire; the medieval crypt with the Ottonian columns and capitals; the mosaic of the XIII century depicting a Blessing Christ on the ancient fa
367 The Basilica of Saint Paul's Outside the Walls Shrines Piazzale San Paolo 1 00146 Roma Italy The great portico, 70 metres in length and composed of 150 columns, was designed by Poletti and completed by Calderini. In the centre stands the huge statue of St Paul by Giuseppe Obici (1807-1878) The facade is decorated with mosaics that were made between 1854 and 1874 (cartoons by Agricola and Consoni) depicting the Prophets on the lower level, the mystic Lamb surrounded by four rivers symbolising the four Gospels and twelve lambs representing the twelve Apostles on the middle level and Christ between St Peter and St Paul on the upper level. The monumental oxidised bronze door by Antonio Maraini, was put up in 1931; during the Jubilee Year 2000 the new Holy Door in golden bronze by sculptor Enrico Manfrini was added. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.basilicasanpaolo.org/
366 Basilica Shrine of Our Lady of Ghiara Shrines Corso Garibaldi Santuario Madonna della Ghiara 44 Reggio Emilia Reggio Emilia Emilia-Roma The Tempio della Beata Vergine della Ghiara (Temple of the Blessed Virgin of Ghiara), also known as Basilica della Madonna della Ghiara, is a church in Reggio Emilia, northern Italy. The building is the property of the comune (municipality) of the city. Source and photo courtesy of: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basilica_della_Ghiara
365 Our Lady of Pompeii and Blessed Bartolo Longo Shrines Piazza Bartolo Longo 1 80045 Pompei Napoli Italy The Pontifical Shrine of the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary of Pompei (Italian: Pontificio Santuario della Beata Vergine del Santo Rosario di Pompei) is a Roman Catholic cathedral, Marian pontifical shrine and minor basilica commissioned by Bartolo Longo, located in Pompei, Italy. It is the see of the Territorial Prelature of Pompei. Source and photo courtesy of: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shrine_of_the_Virgin_of_the_Rosary_of_Pompei
364 Tomb of Saint Augustine of Hippo Shrines Piazza San Pietro in Ciel D'Oro 27100 Pavia Italy San Pietro in Ciel d'Oro (Italian for "Saint Peter in Golden Ceiling") is a Roman Catholic basilica (and a former cathedral) of the Augustinians in Pavia, Italy, in the Lombardy region. Its name refers to the mosaics of gold leaf behind glass tesserae that formerly decorated the ceiling of the apse. The plain exterior is of brick, with sandstone quoins and window framing. The paving of the church floor is now lower than the modern street level of Piazza Dante, which lies before its fa
363 Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua Shrines Piazza del Santo 11 35123 Padova Italy The actual Basilica is largely the result of three different reconstructions, which took place over a period of about 70 years: 1238-1310. In St. Anthony's time there was the little church Santa Maria Mater Domini, which was then integrated into the Basilica and is now the Chapel of the Black Madonna. Next to this, in 1229, the Friary sprang up, which was probably founded by St. Anthony himself. St. Anthony died in 1231 in Arcella, in the north of the city where a Clarisse monastery then stood, his body - according his own wishes - was transported and buried in the little church Santa Maria Mater Domini. The construction of the first nucleus of the Basilica, a Franciscan church with only a single nave and a short transept, began in 1238; two lateral naves were added and it was eventually transformed into the amazing structure that we admire today. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.basilicadelsanto.org/
362 Eucharistic Miracle of Orvieto Shrines Piazza del Duomo 26 05018 Orvieto Terni Italy The Cathedral of Orvieto is a large 14th-century Roman Catholic cathedral situated in the town of Orvieto in Umbria, central Italy. The building was constructed under the orders of Pope Urban IV to commemorate and provide a suitable home for the Corporal of Bolsena, a miracle which is said to have occurred in 1263 in the nearby town of Bolsena, when a traveling priest who had doubts about the truth of transubstantiation found that his Host was bleeding so much that it stained the altar cloth. The cloth is now stored in the Chapel of the Corporal inside the cathedral. Situated in a position dominating the town of Orvieto which sits perched on a volcanic plug, the cathedral
361 Saint Joseph of Cupertino Shrines Piazza Gallo 10 60027 Osimo AN Italy The Basilica is now dedicated to St. Joseph of Cupertino was known beforehand Church of St. Francis. The Seraphic of Assisi had come to Osimo in 1215, and I had passed the second time in 1220, the two visits were not left without fruit, even many were induced to change lives. Everything suggests that the sympathies then collected by the Saint of Assisi determinassero citizens in the erection of the first Temple Franciscan. On May 7, 1234 shall present the Bishops, the solemn consecration of the Church of St. Francis. The church was then consecrated is undoubtedly the same that we see today in his outer garment, but underwent profound changes in the ages that followed. When was the beatification of St. Joseph of Cupertino (1753) and was expected to canonization, the Friars Minor Conventual believed that their church is not quite worthy of two hundred new honors, and began to enrich rimodernarla and according to the taste of that century . The architect Andrea Vici raised the walls to launch the times and the dome; leaned against walls and ribs to the old thin columns clustered turning them into pillars, supported by brackets, floral, flowered stucco and plaster camped on the floor of the walls. They are remaking that the two side altars and the mammoth six chapels in all Baroque. Guido Calcagn ini file, then changed his name from the church of San Franc come out (title not yet gone entirely into disuse) in the church of s. Joseph of Cupertino. Pius VI in 1796, elevated to the dignity of the said Basilica Church because "one of the most famous and venerable shrines of Christendom." Among the works in the Church to notice the painting of the Madonna Enthroned with Saints Antonio Sola river from Venice, a painting of the Crucifixion by Francesco Solimena, that of Our Lady of Valeri Square (XVIII century). This canvas was brought here in 1893, taking it away from the tower of the City Hall, where he was exposed to a niche in sp eciali circumstances. In the years 1933-1937, the Neapolitan painter Gaetano Bocchetti, frescoed throughout the Church. The Sacristy retains almost all the lines of the old building. Worthy of note are the four Evangelists, frescoes of the fourteenth century, the Crucifix, carved by P. Treggiari and the big picture of Mazzanti (1781), which represents the ecstasy of the saint at the sight of the Holy House of Loreto. The Crypt, where the ogg his glorious body is venerated by the faithful, and was built in 1963, the third centenary of the death of the saint. The rooms of the saint, preserved in original condition, including the three bedrooms that housed s. Joseph of Cupertino dal1657 to 1663 and the chapel where he celebrated Mass every day. These places can be visited by pilgrims and devotees during the opening hours of the Sanctuary. The convent, adjacent to the Basilica is the seat of the religious community and works expressed by the "Give Peace and Good." Its construction began in the thirteenth century, soon after the passage of St. Francis in Osimo (1220). The mortal remains of the venerable monk Welcome Bambozzi, Friar Minor Conventual Osimo (1809 -1875) are kept in a niche of the first altar. The church in 1987 decreed the heroic nature of his virtues. Source and photo courtesy of: http://sangiuseppedacopertino.net/Storia-e-notizie.html
360 Shrine of Our Lady of Oropa Shrines Via Santuario D'Oropa 480 13900 Oropa Biella Italia The Oropa Sanctuary is the most important and largest Sanctuary dedicated to the Virgin Mary to be found in the Alps. It is located in a unique, natural and unspoilt setting at 1200 mt. a.m.s.l, at only 20 minutes drive from the centre of Biella. Historical lore states that the Sanctuary was founded in the 4th century AD by St. Eusebio, the first bishop of Vercelli. The first written documents that mention Oropa date back to the beginning of the 13th century and mention the first simple churches of St. Mary and St. Bartholomew. These served as important reference points for
359 Apparitions of Our Lady Shrines 84020 Oliveto Citra SA Italy The Castle of Oliveto Citra dates back to the medieval period. It is assumed that during the Renaissance has been transformed suited to the new requirements in terms of architecture and fortification era. From 1556 until the early 1600s, Oliveto was of Blanch, these then passed to the Marquis of Salerno Marco Antonio Cioffi in the mid-1600s and Cioffi, branch of kinship, in the second half of the 700 to Macedonia, the Marquis of Reggiano. And 'therefore in the period of baronial Blanch-Cioffi-Macedonia that took place the reconstruction of the castle. The castle has a roughly trapezoidal shape and is placed on a solid limestone rock. The plan shows a drawing castrense widely implemented in the late Norman fortification, ie a fence tend circocentrico. These ruins were even more damaged by the earthquake of 23 November 1980. Today is the frequent destination of Marian pilgrimages, because along the old staircase that leads from the square inside the castle, interrupted by an iron gate, in 1985, began the evening of May 24, Our Lady's apparitions to several visionaries. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.mariadinazareth.it/apparizione oliveto citra.htm
358 Saint Maria Goretti Shrine Shrines Viale Giacomo Matteotti 55 00048 Nettuno RM The Sanctuary
357 Shrine of Saint Philomena Shrines Piazza Umberto I 83027 Mugnano del Cardinale Avellino Italy The International Shrine. Where the Sacred Body of Saint Philomena rests. The Shrine also known as the Sanctuary holds the Sacred Body of St. Philomena. We have the tiles from her tomb, the Miraculous Altar, the Miraculous Statue which exuded oil, the chair that Ven. Pauline Jaricot was sitting on when she received her miracle. Saints and Blessed, Kings and Queens, Princes and paupers come to invoke the great Wonder-Worker. St Philomena
356 Apparitions of Rosa Mystica Shrines 25018 Montichiari BS Italy The apparitions of Our Blessed Mother under the title of "Rosa Mystica" (Mystical Rose) at Montichiari, in Northern Italy, to a humble Italian woman, Pierina Gilli, have great significance for our times. The original purpose of these appearances of Our Blessed Mother was the reform of the clergy and religious houses. By appearing with the two children of Fatima, Francisco and Jacinta, on December 7, 1947, (the sixth apparition) in the parish church, she showed that her appearance under the title of "Rosa Mystica" was a continuation of the message of Fatima. She once again urged us to pray the Rosary and do penance. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.marypages.com/MontichiariEng.htm
355 The Fresco of Our Lady Shrines Via della Reglia 1 52035 Monterchi Arezzo Italy The Madonna del Parto ("Madonna of Pregnancy") is the name of an iconic depiction of the Virgin Mary shown as pregnant, which was developed in Italy, mainly in Tuscany in the 14th century. Examples include works by Taddeo Gaddi, Bernardo Daddi and Nardo di Cione. The Madonna was portrayed standing, alone, often with a closed book on her belly, an allusion to the embodied Word. The works were associated with the devotions of pregnant women, praying for a safe delivery. Sometimes, as with a statue by Sansovino in the Basilica of Sant'Agostino in Rome, the depiction is of a Virgin and Child, but known as a Madonna del Parto because it was especially associated with devotions over pregnancy. Here the Virgin wears the Girdle of Thomas, a belt of knotted cloth cord that was a relic held in Prato The most famous work showing this subject is a fresco painting by the Italian Renaissance master Piero della Francesca, finished around 1460. It is housed in the Museo della Madonna del Parto of Monterchi, Tuscany, Italy. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madonna_del_Parto Photo courtesy of TripAdvisor
354 Saint Michael's Cave Shrines Via Reale Basilica 127 71037 Monte Sant'angelo Foggia Italy The Sanctuary of Monte Sant'Angelo sul Gargano, sometimes called simply Monte Gargano, is a Catholic sanctuary on Mount Gargano, Italy, part of the commune of Monte Sant'Angelo, in the province of Foggia, northern Apulia. It is the oldest shrine in Western Europe dedicated to the archangel Michael and has been an important pilgrimage site since the Middle Ages. The historic site and its environs are protected by the Parco Nazionale del Gargano. In 2011, it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of a group of seven inscribed as Longobards in Italy. Places of the power (568-774 A.D.). Source and photo courtesy of: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanctuary_of_Monte_Sant%27Angelo
353 Abbey & Tomb of Saint Benedict Shrines Via Montecassino 03043 Cassino Frosinone Italy The Abbey of Montecassino is one of the most known Abbeys in the world. We might list thousands of motivations to show you why people travel so much to reach this mountain. The most likely one is they want to be, at least once in their lives, within the walls where the foundations of western culture and monasticism are. In 529 Saint Benedict chose this mountain to build a monastery that would host him and those monks following him on the way from Subiaco. Paganism was still present here, but he managed to turn the place into a well-structured Christian monastery where everybody could have the dignity they deserved through praying and working. Within the centuries the Abbey has met magnificence and destruction many times, and has always come out of its ruins stronger. In 577 Langobards destroyed it, then Saracens in 887. In 1349 a violent earthquake occurred and in February 1944 a bombardment almost flatted it. It is the faithful rebuilding of the twenty thousand square meters that people can see travelling on their way along the A1 Highway. Up on top of the 520 meters high mountain the monastery can easily be seen from far, making it a distinct landmark of the region. Ora et labora et lege: this is the motto of Saint Bendict
352 Saint Clare of the Cross Shrines Corso Goffredo Mameli Montefalco Perugia Italy Saint Clare of Montefalco (Italian:Chiara da Montefalco) (c. 1268
351 Church of Saint Gerard Shrines Via Santuario 27-83040 Materdomini Italy Gerard Majella, C.Ss.R. (April 6, 1726
350 Shrine of Saint Gianna Beretta Molla Mother, Physician, Saint Shrines 20010 Mesero MI Italy Saint Gianna Beretta Molla (October 4, 1922
349 Basilica of the Holy Face, "Veronica's Veil" on Display Shrines Via Cappuccini 26 Manoppello Pescara Italy For four centuries the Sanctuary of the Holy Face is the destination of pilgrims from Italy and other parts of the world. Scholars, theologians, philosophers, writers, artists, scholars, clerics and political figures have been kept before the Holy Face. Like all shrines too, is "a place of conversion and reconciliation with God and oasis of peace" (John Paul II), "station and clinic of the spirit" (Paul VI). Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.voltosanto.it/
348 Where St. Francis received the Stigmata Shrines Via del Santuario 45 Chiusi della Verna Arezzo Italy La Verna, in Latin Alverna and geographically known as Monte Penna, is a locality on Mount Penna, an isolated mountain of 1,283 m situated in the centre of the Tuscan Apennines, rising above the valley of the Casentino, central Italy. The place is known especially for its association with Saint Francis of Assisi (he is said to have received the stigmata here) and for the Sanctuary of La Verna, which grew up in his honour. Administratively it falls within the Tuscan province of Arezzo and the comune of Chiusi della Verna, Italy. Source and photo courtesy of: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Verna
347 Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano Shrines Via Tesauri 6 Lanciano Chieti Italy The Miracle of Lanciano is officially recognized by the Catholic Church as a Eucharistic miracle. In the city of Lanciano, Italy, around 700, a Basilian hieromonk was assigned to celebrate Mass in the small church of St. Longinus. Celebrating in the Latin Rite and using unleavened bread, the monk had doubts about the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. During the Mass, when he said the Words of Consecration ("This is my body. This is my blood"), with doubt in his soul, the priest is said to have seen the bread change into living flesh and the wine change into live blood which coagulated into five globules, irregular and differing in shape and size (the number supposedly corresponds to the number of wounds Christ suffered on the cross: one in each hand and foot from the nails, and the wound from the centurion's spear). Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracle_of_Lanciano Photo courtesy of: http://www.miracoloeucaristico.eu/
346 Basilica of Santa Maria Collaggio (Tomb of Pope Celestine V) Shrines Piazzale Collemaggio 5 67100 L'Aquila Italy The Basilica of Santa Maria di Collemaggio, whose facade is the greatest masterpiece of the art of Abruzzo of all time, was founded in the second half of the century. XIII but the bulk of his story of the building has continued to flourish uninterruptedly during the whole fourteenth century, and then continues with ups and downs until the present day through renovations, renovations, restorations and transformations resulting from earthquakes, changes in taste and whatnot . The result of a so complex and intricate process is an extraordinary blend of architecture and decorative arts of expression that finds its vertices in the fundamental tenets of Romanesque and Gothic but which includes incidents not secondary plant Renaissance and Baroque as well as the last two centuries. Source and photo courtesy of: http://basilicacollemaggio.it/
345 Story of St. Francis & the Wolf Shrines Gubbio Perugia Italy The church, documented as far back as the 13th c., was restored in the early 16th c. The convent was built in the same period and given over to the Regular Lateran Canons. The Canons were replaced by the Passionist Fathers (1786) and then in 1816 by the Friars Minor. The exterior of the complex, apart from the main doorway, is devoid of ornament. The cloister is very suggestive, now without the frescoes that once decorated it. The interior, which has been altered several times, has five naves. In the basilica are kept the
344 The First Manger Scene by St. Francis Shrines 02045 Greccio RI Italy The Basilica of Sts. Cosmas and Damian is located in the very heart of ancient and modern Rome. It forms part of an imposing archeological complex in the midst of an extensive natural park which recalls so many historical events and memories. The building was originally a Roman structure - it's purpose its not certain, but it belonged to Vespasian's Forum of Peace, and may have been one of the libraries of that forum. It was rebuilt and consecrated as a church in the 6th century, probably by Pope St Felix IV in 527. The circular structure known as the Temple of Romulus in the Forum Romanum is incorporated in the church. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.franciscanfriarstor.com/archive/theorder/Basilica/index.htm
343 Shrine of Our Lady of the Watch Shrines Piazza Santuario 4 16014 Ceranesi Genova Italy The Shrine of Nostra Signora della Guardia ("Our Lady of the Watch") is a Roman Catholic place of pilgrimage located on the top of Mount Figogna (804 m asl), in the Municipality of Ceranesi, about 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the city of Genoa, in the northwest of Italy. It is the most important Marian shrine in Liguria. The name
342 Basilica of Santa Maria di Castello Shrines Salita di Santa Maria di Castello 15 Molo Genoa Italy Santa Maria di Castello is a church and religious complex in Genoa, Italy. Administrated by the Dominicans, it is located in the Castello hill of the city, where a Roman castrum (fortress) existed. The church is flanked by the large Tower of the Embriaci. The church, in Romanesque style, was erected before 900 AD. It houses numerous artworks commissioned by the main noble families of Genoa, by artists such as Francesco Maria Schiaffino, Lorenzo Fasolo, Alessandro Gherardini, Giuseppe Palmieri, Francesco Boccaccino, Pier Francesco Sacchi, Bernardo Castello, Aurelio Lomi and Tommaso Orsolino. Notable are the frescoes with Stories of David and the painted majolicas from the 16th century Genoese school. The high altar is decorated by a marble group of the "Assumption" by Domenico Parodi (late 17th century), while the chapel to the left of the presbytery has a Santa Rosa da Lima by Domenico Piola and a marble cover by Taddeo Carlone. The fourth chapel in the left aisle has a Madonna del Rosario by the workshop of Anton Maria Maragliano, while the first chapel has a painting attributed to Giovanni Battista Paggi (early 17th century). The baptistery has a polyptych from Lombard masters of the 15th century. The main portal is in Tuscan style (mid-15th century), and is surmounted by a Gothic lunette of the 14th century with a "Crucifixion". The loggia facing the second cloister has frescoes of Saints, a Madonna and, on the first floor, an Annunciation by Giusto d'Alemagna from 1451. In the upper floor has a statue of "St. Catherina of Alexandria" and a marble tabernacle attributed to Domenico Gagini (15th century). Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Maria_di_Castello Photo courtesy of TripAdvisor
341 Home of Saint Catherine of Genoa Shrines Santa Maria di Castello 15 16123 Genoa Italy Saint Catherine of Genoa (Caterina Fieschi Adorno, 1447
340 Original Image of Our Lady of Good Counsel Shrines Genazzano RM 00030 Italia Our Lady of Good Counsel (Latin: Mater boni consilii) is a title given to the Blessed Virgin Mary, after a painting said to be miraculous, now found in the thirteenth century Augustinian church at Genazzano, near Rome, Italy. Measuring 40 by 45 centimeters the image is a fresco executed on a thin layer of plaster no thicker than an egg shell. Over the centuries, devotions to Our Lady of the Good Counsel grew among saints and Popes, to the extent that a reference to it was added to the Litany of Loreto and the devotion spread throughout the world, as far as Brazil. Her feast day is April 26. Source and photo courtesy of: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Lady_of_Good_Counsel
339 Blessed Angela of Foligno Shrines Piazza San Francesco 9 06034 Foligno Perugia Italy Saint Angela of Foligno, T.O.S.F. (1248
338 Shrine of the Most Holy Mary Crowned Mother of God Shrines Via Don Luigi Orione Borgo Incoronata 71040 Foggia Italy The Shrine of Our Lady Crowned is a sanctuary Catholic of Borgo Crowned , a hamlet of the town of Foggia , where he worships the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary the Crowned, a black Madonna . The first apparition of Our Lady occurred in April 1001 , to a peasant in the woods of Cervaro near Foggia . Near the tree where the apparition took place he filled a "Caldwell" with a "mesata" oil and it made a votive lamp that still today, popular devotion, continues to burn in the sanctuary. In 1950 , work began on the construction of the sanctuary and the adjoining "opera Don Orione". Source: http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santuario_della_Madonna_Incoronata Photo courtesy of: http://www.santuarioincoronata.it/
337 Shrine of Our Lady of Abundance Shrines 73020 Cursi LE Italy This little gem of XVII century Baroque Architecture in the countryside of Cursi, a small town of Salento, three kilometers away from sweaters and about thirty from Lecce, the provincial capital. The shrine is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, venerated by the people under the title of Our Lady of Abundance, after some miraculous events that occurred at the beginning of the second half of the seventeenth century. (See Origin of the sanctuary) The sanctuary is located in the territory of the Archdiocese of Otranto.La construction, very understated on the outside, does not comply with the type of religious architecture baroque kind in Salento in the seventeenth century. Yes rises majestically, with considerable vertical development, on a Greek cross plan and is surmounted by an octagonal drum, covered by a dome with a lantern above a lovely cross. Inside you can admire the Baroque altar altarpiece by Giovanni Donato Chiarello (1650) where the center within a 'circular opening in a radial pattern is preserved fresco of the Virgin, from the late fifteenth century. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.santuariocursi.it/
336 Sanctuary of Saint Margaret of Cortona Shrines piazzale Santa Margherita 1 52044 Cortona AR Italy The basilica of Santa Margherita is a sacred building that is located in the homonymous square in Cortona , in the province of Arezzo , the Diocese of Arezzo-Cortona-Sansepolcro . The shrine is dedicated to the figure of Saint Margaret , patron saint of Cortona and tertiary Franciscan , and the subsequent cultural and spiritual activities of the Observant Franciscans. At the death of the saint (22 February 1297 ) it was decided to build a church in his honor, next to the ancient church of St. Basil that Margaret herself had restored after it has been chosen as the place of penance and prayer. Source and photo courtesy of: http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basilica_di_Santa_Margherita
335 The Shrine of Castelmonte Shrines 33043 Cividale del Friuli UD Italy The Shrine of Castelmonte is very ancient - it is the most ancient of ali the Shrines in the Venetian Region and ranks as one of the oldest pilgrimage-centres of Christianity. The origin of this most celebrated Shrine is lost in antiquity and the earliest evidence of its existence can be traced back to the 5th Century. The accidental discovery of two floors of
334 Summer Residence of the Pope Shrines Piazza della Libert Castel Gandolfo (Italian pronunciation: [kas?t?l ?an?d?lfo] Latin: Castrum Gandulphi, colloquially Castello in the Castelli Romani dialects) is a town located 15 miles (24 kilometres) southeast of Rome in the Lazio region of Italy. Occupying a height on the Alban Hills overlooking Lake Albano, Castel Gandolfo has a population of approximately 8,834 residents and is considered one of Italy's most scenic towns. Within the town's boundaries lies the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo which serves as a summer residence and vacation retreat for the pope, the leader of the Catholic Church. Although the palace is located within the borders of Castel Gandolfo, it has extraterritorial status as one of the properties of the Holy See and is not under Italian jurisdiction. The resort community includes almost the whole coastline of Lake Albano which is surrounded by many summer residences, villas, and cottages built during the 17th century. It houses the Stadio Olimpico that staged the rowing events during the Rome Olympics. Castel Gandolfo has several places of archaeological interest including the Emissario del Lago Albano and the remains of the Villa of Domitian. The area is included within the boundaries of the Parco Regionale dei Castelli Romani (Regional Park of Castelli Romani). There are also many points of artistic interest, such as the Collegiate Church of St. Thomas of Villanova, designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Source and photo courtesy of: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castel_Gandolfo
333 Home of Saint Rita of Cascia and the Eucharistic Miracle of Cascia Shrines Viale Santa Rita 06043 Cascia Perugia Italy "Great pilgrimages! Priests and faithful every day! Here is a continual feast. "He spoke thus, the Blessed Mother Teresa Bands , already in 1926, during the construction of the "new temple", which is the present Basilica of St. Rita in Cascia. Built with the offerings of benefactors, even the smallest, the Basilica of Santa Rita is a project that the Blessed Mother wants Bands strongly in order to accommodate the devotees in the city of Santa cases impossible. You know, how can this be beloved Santa, and pilgrims flock in the millions. The original project of Bishop Chiapetta Spirit, is then edited by Giuseppe Calori and Joseph Martinenghi. On 20 June 1937, the Cardinal Gasparri Henry laid the first stone. Just ten years after the consecration comes to the church, is May 18, 1947. The Basilica erection takes place on August 1, 1955 by Pius XII. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.santaritadacascia.org/
332 Life of St. Anthony, The Anthonian Shrines Shrines Via San Antonio 6 35012 Camposampiero Padova Italy The sanctuary of Vision The existing church, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, where the Saint had prayed, celebrated the Eucharist and preached, it was completely renovated and expanded in 1437 through the work of Count Gregory Callegari Camposampiero. The new temple was decent and the destination of constant pilgrimages of devotees of the saint. But in 1769 the Venetian Senate ordered the suppression of many monasteries, among them that of Camposampiero. The set of places Antonian (church, convent and country) returned to the old descendants of the family who did not care Camposampiero the maintenance of the church, which was largely destroyed by vandalism French in 1798. After ups and downs, the municipality, in 1854 became the owner of the speakers Antonian, took care of the maintenance. On October 17, 1895 and retrieved by the people, the Friars Minor Conventual (the monks of the Saint) they returned recovering possession of the premises Antonian. The presence of the brothers revived the Shrines. Designed a new temple, December 26, 1906 they laid the first stone of the sanctuary's day. Giovanni Battista and Antonio or the Vision, by imposing structure with three naves, which opened in 1909. The apse is dominated by the blade of Peter Paietta that portrays s. Antonio ecstatic with baby Jesus (1909). The sanctuary of Walnut A short distance from the Sanctuary of Vision, a picturesque tree-lined avenue of lime trees leads to the nuts and small Sanctuary of Walnut, commissioned by Count Gregory Callegari Camposampiero in 1432. In this place there was a walnut tree on which the Count Tiso had built a cell as a small hermitage of Saint John of prayer and contemplation. Expanded in three successive stages, was enriched in the second half of the century. XV with a cycle of frescoes by Girolamo Tessari, said Del Santo, who represent the most important miracles wrought by s. Antonio. The apse is dominated by an altarpiece depicting the Saint Boniface De Pitati preaching from the walnut (1536). In 1967, near the small shrine was opened a monastery of Poor Clares that have transformed the Oratory in a house of prayer. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.santuariantoniani.org/
331 Saint Dominic Shrines Piazza San Domenico 13 40124 Bologna Italy The Basilica of San Domenico is one of the major churches in Bologna, Italy. The remains of Saint Dominic, founder of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), are buried inside the exquisite shrine Arca di San Domenico, made by Nicola Pisano and his workshop, Arnolfo di Cambio and with later additions by Niccol
330 Saint Catherine of Bologna Shrines Via Tagliapietre 23 40123 Bologna Italy The Church of Corpus Domini, also known as the Chiesa della Santa is a Roman Catholic church in Bologna. It is part of an active monastery complex of the order of Clarissan nuns, that is nuns of the contemplative Second Order of St. Francis. The monastery is semi-cloistered. The complex hosts a museum dedicated to the nurse, inaugurated by Cardinal Giorgio Gusmini in 1919. The museum has written and perhaps painted works of Saint Caterina de' Vigri, also known as Saint Catherine of Bologna (1413-1463). Source and photo courtesy of: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corpus_Domini,_Bologna
329 Saint Patrick's Purgatory Shrines Co. Donegal Ireland St Patrick's Purgatory is an ancient pilgrimage site on Station Island in Lough Derg, County Donegal, Ireland. According to legend, the site dates from the fifth century, when Christ showed Saint Patrick a cave, sometimes referred to as a pit or a well, on Station Island that was an entrance to hell. Its importance in medieval times is clear from the fact that it is mentioned clearly in texts from as early as 1185 and shown on maps from all over Europe as early as the fifteenth century. It is the only Irish site designated on Martin Behaim's world map of 1492. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Patrick%27s_Purgatory Photo courtesy of Andreas F. Borchert
328 Fr. Patrick Peyton CSR Memorial Centre Shrines Attymass Ballina Co Mayo Ireland The Fr Peyton CSC Memorial Centre was officially opened and dedicated on 10th October 1998. The Centre commemorates the life and apostolic work of Fr Peyton CSC [1909 - 1992] 'The Rosary Priest' and is a place of respite, prayer and peace. It is highly respected by pilgrims and is a popular tourist attraction. The centre and parish are celebrating the centenary of Fr Peyton's birth in 2009. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.attymass.ie/peyton.htm
327 The Shrine of Saint Valentine Shrines Aungier St Dublin 2 Ireland The Shrine to St Valentine is found on the right hand side of the church as one enters the main body of the church. The casket sits beneath the marble altar in a niche which is protected by an ornate iron and glass gate. Above the altar stands the life-sized statue of the saint set into a marble mosaic alcove. The saint is also barefoot. The casket is wooden and on top bears the papal coat of arms of Gregory XVI along with two large gold plates which have the letter of Cardinal Odescalchi inscribed in English upon them. Between these two plates and beneath the papal crest is a smaller plate with the inscription: This shrine contains the sacred body of Saint Valentinus the Martyr, together with a small vessel tinged with his blood. The Reliquary contains some of the remains of St Valentine
326 Shrine of Venerable Matt Talbot Shrines Sean Macdermott Street Lower Dublin 1 Ireland The Venerable Matt Talbot (2 May 1856
325 Early Monastic Settlement Shrines Clonmacnoise Shannonbridge Athlone Co. Offaly Ireland The monastery of Clonmacnoise (Cluain Mhic N
324 The Rock of Cashel (Castle of the Kings) Shrines Cashel Co. Tipperary Ireland A spectacular group of Medieval buildings set on an outcrop of limestone in the Golden Vale including the 12th century round tower, High Cross and Romanesque Chapel, 13th century Gothic cathedral, 15th century Castle and the restored Hall of the Vicars Choral. Attractions include an audio-visual show and exhibitions. Access for visitors with disabilities by prior arrangement. Source: http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/rockofcashel/ Photo courtesy of TripAdvisor
323 Where Mass Has Been Celebrated Continuously For Over 800 Years Shrines Ballintubber Castlebar Co. Mayo Ireland Founded in 1216 by Cathal Crovderg O'Connor, Ballintubber Abbey is an important sacred Irish historical site which will celeberate its 800 year anniversary in 2016. Ballintubber Abbey stands one mile off the main Castlebar - Galway road, seven miles from Castlebar, nine miles from Ballinrobe and thirty nine miles from Galway City. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.ballintubberabbey.ie/
322 The Shrine of Saint Francis Xavier Shrines Old Goa Rd Near Gandhi Circle Old Goa Goa 403402 India Located in Old Goa, India, the Basilica of Bom Jesus is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The foundation stone was laid on 24th November 1594, and completed on 15th May 1605. It was raised to the status of a minor Basilica in 1946 and is considered to be one of the best examples of Baroque architecture in Goa. The church is called
321 Basilica of the National Shrine of Saint Thomas the Apostle Shrines Santhome Mylapore 19/38 Santhome High Road Off Rosary Church Road Chennai Tamil Nadu 600004 India In the whole world, there are only three churches built over the tomb of an Apostle of Jesus Christ - the Basilica of Saint Peter built over the tomb of St.Peter in Rome, Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela built over the tomb of St.James in Spain and Basilica of the National Shrine of St.Thomas built over the tomb of St.Thomas. Basilica of the National Shrine of St.Thomas is in Chennai, India. Most Indian Catholics, why, even most Catholics in South India, or even in Chennai, seem to be unaware of the importance of this extraordinary shrine. By Apostolic brief dated 16th March 1956, Pope Pius XII gloriously raised the Cathedral Church of the Archdiocese of Madras-Mylapore to the dignity and rank of Minor Basilica. The present National Shrine of St.Thomasis built over the tomb of Saint Thomas the Apostle, who came to India in the year 52 AD. After preaching on the West Coast, he came to Chennai(formerly Madras), and suffered martyrdom on a hill at the outskirts of the city, today known as "St. Thomas Mount." His body was buried on the spot over which the present Basilica stands. As for the church, that too has much history behind it. This lovely Gothic Church is an architectural treasure. Rising 155 feet from the ground, with a nave of 112 feet by 33 feet, and an imposing sanctuary 62 feet long and 33 feet wide, it is adorned with stained glass windows depicting St. Thomas and the other Apostles. Inside the sanctuary is a statue of St. Thomas seated. A valuable work of art kept in the Basilica is an ancient painting of Our Blessed Mother, in front of which the other great apostle of India, St. Francis Xavier, used to pray. There are two new structures today: The Tomb Chapel below the Basilica and Museum cum Theatre. The new underground chapel with a separate access outside the church structure, allows pilgrims to pray at the tomb and tourists to visit it, without disturbing the sacred functions in the church. The museum exhibits artifacts connected with St. Thomas and the Basilica, and the theatre is used for screening a short video on the life of the Apostle. Source:http://www.santhomebasilica.com/basilica.html Photo courtesy of TripAdvisor
320 Cathedral of Our Lady of Gyor Shrines 9021 Gy?r K Saint Stephen established the Gy?r Episcopate in the first decade of his reign (1000-1009). The foundation of the Gy?r Basilica was also laid down during his time. At the end of the XI. century the sources already write about a three-nave church with raised sanctuary. The first towers were built during bishop Omod
319 Cathedral of Esztergom Shrines 2500 Esztergom Szent Istv The Basilica of Esztergom, being the cathedral of the Primate of Hungary, is the first in rank, and also the largest among the churches in the country. The church in the place of the present Basilica was founded by King St. Stephen during the first decade of our statehood. At a time when the king himself had been staying in Esztergom, it was consecrated in honour of St. Adalbert, and was called
318 Saint Catherine's Monastery Shrines Saint Catherine Egypt The fact of the continued presence, for a period of seventeen centuries, in the South Sinai area, of the Holy Monastery of Sinai and of the particular honour reserved to Saint Catherine, has treasured up in this site an important spiritual and cultural tradition. Even though UNESCO has included the Holy Monastery of Sinai in its list of Monuments of World-wide Cultural Heritage, the monastery fathers continue to serve it as an Ark of Faith and to guard it with self-sacrifice. To this holy site there flock not only faithful of the Christian Faith but also those of the other two great monotheistic religions: Judaism and Islam. Besides, there come also either simple people or great leaders in search of spiritual help bearing gifts, or the anchorites who offer their own selves. In parallel with this, the bedouin inhabitants of the region see the monastery as their great protector, as it still continues to show its interest for them. The contemporary visitor is not faced with the adversities of the past in the course of his present-day pilgrimage to the Holy Monastery of Sinai. As a rule, Cairo airport is the point of entry. It would be advisable that his passport be valid, at least, for six months following the end of his trip. There should not be any differences between the way of writing one
317 The Church of the Transfiguration Shrines Mount Tabor Israel The Church of the Transfiguration is a Franciscan church located on Mount Tabor in Israel. It is traditionally believed to be the site where the Transfiguration of Christ took place, an event in the Gospels in which Jesus is transfigured upon an unnamed mountain and speaks with Moses and Elijah. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_the_Transfiguration Photo courtesy of: TripAdvisor
316 Mount Carmel (Stella Maris) Shrines Tchernikhovski Street 41 Haifa Israel The Stella Maris Monastery or Monastery of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Haifa is a 19th-century Discalced Carmelite monastery located on the slopes of Mount Carmel in Israel. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stella_Maris_Monastery Photo courtesy of: http://gohistoric.com/
315 Crusader Church of Saint Anne Shrines Jerusalem Israel The Church of St. Anne is a Roman Catholic church, located at the start of the Via Dolorosa, near the Lions' Gate and churches of the Flagellation and Condemnation, in the Muslim Quarter of the old city of Jerusalem. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Anne%27s_Church,_Jerusalem Photo courtesy of: Israel Ministry of Tourism
314 Church of the Holy Sepulchre Shrines Jerusalem Israel The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, also called the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, or the Church of the Resurrection by Eastern Christians, is a church within the Christian Quarter of the walled Old City of Jerusalem. It is a few steps away from the Muristan. The site is venerated as Golgotha[1] (the Hill of Calvary), where Jesus of Nazareth was crucified,[2] and is said also to contain the place where Jesus was buried (the Sepulchre). The church has been a paramount
313 Church of John the Baptist Shrines Jerusalem Israel There are two churches by this name in Ein Kerem. One is a Catholic church built in the second half of the 19th century on the remnants of earlier Byzantine and Crusader churches. Inside are the remains of an ancient mosaic floor and a cave where, according to Christian tradition, John the Baptist was born. Additionally some remnants below the infrastructure of the building suggests the presence of Mikve a Jewish baptism bath that is dated to the 2nd temple period. The church is mentioned in the Book of the Demonstration, attributed to Eutychius of Alexandria (940): "The church of Bayt Zakariya in the district of Aelia bears witness to the visit of Mary to her kinswoman Elizabeth." The church has been in the hands of the Franciscans since 1674. In 1941
312 Church of the Visitation Shrines Jerusalem Israel The Church of the Visitation honors the visit paid by Mary, Jesus' mother, to Elizabeth, John the Baptist's mother. (Luke 1:39-56) This is the site where tradition tells us that Mary recited her song of praise, the Magnificat, one of the most ancient hymns to Mary. The church is beautifully adorned with tiled representations of that canticle in many of the worlds languages. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_the_Visitation Photo courtesy of: http://gohistoric.com/
311 Church of St.Catherine and the Cave of St. Jerome Shrines Bethlehem West Bank The Church of St. Catherine can be entered in three different manners: via the north transept; through the underground caves; and passing through the Cloister of St. Jerome. The church, which is part of the complex of the former Crusader monastery, has undergone noteworthy transformations over the years, most recently the modifications carried out on the occasion of the Jubilee Year 2000. The site, which already in 1347 had been dedicated to St. Catherine of Alexandria, initially was only a small chapel within the Franciscan Convent, corresponding to what today is the area of the altar dedicated to St. Catherine. The ancient structure as it appears in the drawings of Bernardino Amico underwent major changes, with its area substantially increased over time. The sacred edifice which exists today is very large and well-lit. It consists of a nave and two aisles, with a raised apse where the friars
310 The Church of the Nativity, Birthplace of Jesus Shrines Bethlehem State of Palestine 339 Israel The Church of the Nativity is a basilica located in Bethlehem, Palestinian territories. The church was originally commissioned in 327 AD by Constantine and his mother Helena over the site that is still traditionally considered to be located over the cave that marks the birthplace of Jesus of Nazareth. The Church of the Nativity site's original basilica was completed in 339 AD and destroyed by fire during the Samaritan Revolts in the sixth century AD. A new basilica was built 565 AD by Justinian, the Byzantine Emperor, restoring the architectural tone of the original.[2] The site of the Church of the Nativity has had numerous additions since this second construction, including its prominent bell towers. Due to its cultural and geographical history, the site holds a prominent religious significance to those of both the Christian and Muslim faiths. The site of the Church of the Nativity is a World Heritage Site, and was the first to be listed under Palestine by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).[3] The site is also on UNESCO's List of World Heritage Sites in Danger. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_the_Nativity Photo courtesy of: http://gohistoric.com/
309 The Site of the Baptism of Jesus Shrines Balqa Governorate Jordan Israel The area known as Wadi Kharrar has long been believed to be the biblical Bethany-beyond-the-Jordan, where John the Baptist lived and Jesus was baptized. Source and photo courtesy of: http://gohistoric.com/sites/318910
308 Panagia Evaggelistria, Our Lady of Tinos ("the Lourdes of Greece") Shrines Tinos Greece The Church of Panagia Megalochari in Tinos, Cyclades: The church of Panagia (Virgin Mary) Megalochari is not only the patron saint of Tinos, but it is also considered as the saint protector of Greece. The name (Megalochari) means "with all graces" and is one of the names given to describe Virgin Mary. The church is actually dedicated to the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary and is also the most popular pilgrimage in Greece. Source and photo courtesy of: www.greeka.com
307 Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist Shrines Fira 847 00 Santorini Greece The Catholic Cathedral of Santorini, Cyclades: This cathedral of Santorini is in great contrast to many of its Byzantine neighbours. The peach exterior and its size makes it stand out from afar. There is also a wonderfully ornate clock tower standing proudly overlooking the town. The interior is beautifully decorated with large religious portraits framed with pillars. The dome from the interior is lilac blue and other parts are colored orange and cream. The Cathedral church is located at the catholic neighborhood of Fira and is dedicated to Saint John, the Baptist. The church was greatly damaged by the earthquake in 1956 but it was renovated back in 1975. Source: http://www.greeka.com/ Photo courtesy of: http://www.cathecclesia.gr/
306 The Island of Patmos & the Cave of Saint John Shrines Hora Greece The Cave of the Apocalypse is situated about halfway up the mountain on the Aegean island of Patmos, along the road between the villages of Chora and Skala. This grotto is believed to mark the spot where John of Patmos received his visions that he recorded in the Book of the Apocalypse (Revelation). In 1999, UNESCO declared the cave a joint World Heritage Site together with the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cave_of_the_Apocalypse
305 The Basilica of Saint Andrew the Apostle Shrines Patra 262 22 Greece Saint Andrew (Agios Andreas, ????? ??????? in Greek) is a Greek Orthodox basilica in the east side of the city of Patras in Greece. Along with the old church of St. Andrew (which lies in a close distance) it constitutes a place of pilgrimage for Christians from all over the world.It is dedicated to the First-called Apostle of Christ, Saint Andrew. Construction of the church, of Greek Byzantine style, began in 1908 under the supervision of the architect Anastasios Metaxas, followed by Georgios Nomikos. It was inaugurated 64 years later, in 1974. It covers approximately 1,800 square meters (some other sources say 2,000). It is the largest church in Greece and the third largest Byzantine-style church in the Balkans, after the Cathedral of Saint Sava in Belgrade and Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia. Over the central dome there is a 5 meter long gold plated cross and over the other domes there are 12 smaller crosses. These crosses symbolise Jesus and His apostles. The interior of the church is decorated with marvelous Byzantine style wall paintings and mosaics. Source and photo courtesy of: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Andrew_of_Patras
304 Home to the Eucharistic Miracle of Walldurn Shrines Burgstra Looked after by Augustinian monks since 1938, the Eucharistic shrine in Walld
303 Site of the Passion Play Shrines Oberammergau Germany Gripped by war, poverty and plague, the villagers of Oberammergau, in Bavaria, southern Germany vowed to put on a 'passion play' every ten years
302 Kloster Ettal Benedictine Abbey Shrines Kaiser-Ludwig-Platz 1 D-82488 Ettal Germany Ettal Abbey (Kloster Ettal) is a Benedictine monastery in the village of Ettal close to Oberammergau and Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Bavaria, Germany. With a community (as of 2005) of more than 50 monks, with another five at Wechselburg, the Abbey is one of the largest Benedictine houses and is a major attraction for visitors. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ettal_Abbey Photo courtesy of: http://abtei.kloster-ettal.de/
301 Apparitions of Our Lady Shrines 47623 Kevelaer Germany Near Christmastime in 1641, on three separate occasions while praying at a crucifix in a field outside the town, a certain Henry Busman heard a voice calling on him "Build here a little chapel for me." Shortly thereafter his wife had a vision in which she saw an image of a picture similar to that which she had seen on two small copper prints in the possession of two soldiers from the town. These soldiers were engaged in the Thirty Years War between France and Germany and had visited the shrine of Our lady of Luxembourg to pray for the safety of their captain who had been captured. Before leaving, they had purchased the small prints of the picture, known as "Our Lady Comforter of the Affiicted". This was the result of special devotions which had taken place in Luxembourg during a major epidemic in 1623. The following words appear on the prints which measure about 75mm x 110mm: 'True copy of the picture of the Mother of Jesus Comforter of the Afflicted - as it is well known through the many miracles and venerated by many in the neighbourhood of the city of Luxembourg.' One of these prints was subsequently - as a result of the request from above, kept in the chapel at Kevelaer in Northern Germany built in 1642, and since that date many confirmed miracles have been recorded. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.icon.co.za/~host/shrines/kevelaer/
300 The Cologne Cathedral Shrines Domkloster 4 50667 K Cologne Cathedral (K
299 The Andechs Monastery and Brewery Shrines Bergstra Seen from miles around atop Holy Mountain above the eastern bank of Ammer Lake, Andechs Monastery is the oldest pilgrimage church in Bavaria and since 1850, an asset of the Benedictine monastery, St. Boniface, in Munich. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.andechs.de/en/andechs-monastry-a-spiritual-center.html
298 "The Lourdes of Germany" Shrine of the Black Madonna Shrines Alt The Shrine of Our Lady of Alt
297 The Aachen Cathedral Shrines Domhof 1 52062 Aachen Germany Aachen Cathedral, frequently referred to as the "Imperial Cathedral" (in German: Kaiserdom), is a Roman Catholic church in Aachen, Germany. The church is the oldest cathedral in northern Europe and was known as the "Royal Church of St. Mary at Aachen" during the Middle Ages. For 595 years, from 936 to 1531, the Aachen chapel was the church of coronation for 30 German kings and 12 queens. The church is the episcopal seat of the Diocese of Aachen. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aachen_Cathedral Photo courtesy of: http://www.aachendom.de/
296 Basilica of Saint Martin of Tours Shrines 7 Rue Baleschoux 37000 Tours France Basilica of St. Martin is a Roman Catholic basilica dedicated to Saint Martin of Tours, on whose tomb it was built. It is located in Tours, France. It was built to replace an earlier basilica, built in the Middle Ages and thoroughly demolished during the French Revolution (see Martin of Tours#The shrine and the devotion). The basilica was built between 1886 and 1924 by French architect Victor Laloux in a neo-Byzantine style, on part of the site of the original Basilica which was repurchased by the Church. It was dedicated July 4, 1925. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basilica_of_St._Martin,_Tours Photo courtesy of: http://basiliquesaintmartin.fr/
295 Tomb of Saint Thomas Aquinas Shrines 31000 Toulouse France Convent of the Jacobins is one of the most original buildings of the city. Parent of the Dominican Order, founded to fight against the Cathars, it fascinates by its architecture, large and bright, characteristic of Southern Gothic. Inside the famous "palm" of the Jacobins and 22 ribs support the choir of the church. Seat of the University of Toulouse, it houses the relics of St. Thomas Aquinas. The restored building has regained its splendor, modern stained glass diffuse a light varies with the seasons. The su
294 The Collegiate Church of Saint Martha & The Abbey of Saint Michael of Frigolet Shrines 13150 Tarascon France For centuries, Christian pilgrims have come to the hills of Frigolet to pray to the archangel St. Michael and the Blessed Virgin Mary. On this profoundly spiritual site so evocative of the Holy Land, generation after generation of friars built and beautified two churches. The Religious Community of St. Michael of Frigolet, Saint-Michel de Frigolet, belongs to the Order of the Canons Regular of Pr
293 Shrine of St. Louis de Montfort and Blessed Marie Louise Shrines Saint-Laurent-sur-S The Basilica of St. Louis de Montfort is a Roman Catholic basilica at Saint-Laurent-sur-S
292 The Shrine of Saint Anne d'Auray Shrines 9 rue de Vannes - 56400 Sainte-Anne d'Auray France Brittany's most important pilgrimage site, where saint Anne, the grandmother of Jesus, appeared to a ploughman, Yvon Nicolazic, and said to her in Breton: " Me zo Anna mamm Mari",
291 Saint Joan of Arc "The Maid of Orleans" Shrines Place du Vieux March The Church of Saint Joan of Arc' (French: L'
290 Apparitions of Our Lady of Hope Shrines 3 Rue Notre-Dame 53220 Pontmain France On January 17th 1871, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Virgin Mary appeared in the sky of Pontmain to four children. She gave a message of prayer and hope. On February 2nd 1872, the Bishop of Laval, Monsignor Wicart, acknowledged the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Pontmain to be genuine. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.sanctuaire-pontmain.com/
289 The Abbey of Pontigny and tomb of Saint Edmund of Abingdon Shrines 4 Avenue Abbaye 89230 Pontigny France The former abbey Pontigny is one of the oldest sites of the Cistercian order. Second foundation of the Cistercian monastery, it was established in 1114 on the border of the former diocese of Sens, Auxerre and Langres, between Champagne and Burgundy. The first monks began to value the land, woods and streams that were given. They implanted within a radius of several kilometers around the abbey, a set of large farms, "barns", managed by the lay brothers. In forestry, breeding pigs and sheep, grain and vines, were added the extraction of iron ore and probably also the production of bricks and tiles terracotta. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.abbayedepontigny.eu/
288 Our Lady of Mercy and the White Scapular Shrines 3 Notre Dame 36180 Pellevoisin France In 1875, a young woman of 32 years, Estelle Faguette an incurable disease, writing with a child's heart and great confidence, a letter to Mary : she asks him to intercede with her ??divine son for his recovery, to support his elderly parents. Mary replied to this letter by fifteen appearances , from February to December 1876 in which it educates Estelle holiness and issue a message of mercy. February 19, 1876, Estelle is fully healed. In 1877, the Archbishop of Bourges allows the public to worship Our Lady of Pellevoisin and Estelle room is transformed into a chapel. In April 1900, Pope Leo XIII formally recognizes the Scapular of the Sacred Heart as Estelle was seen worn by the Virgin Mary, and encourages all the faithful who wish to wear it. Estelle healing miracle was officially declared in 1983 by Bishop Vignancour, then Archbishop of Bourges. This follows all the positive acts of kindness and trademarks of Popes and Archbishops of Bourges against Pellevoisin for over a century. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.pellevoisin.net/
287 Shrine of Saint Vincent de Paul Shrines 95 Rue de S St. Vincent de Paul (24 April 1581
286 Saint Joseph's Catholic Church Shrines 50 Avenue Hoche 75008 Paris France The current building that houses St. Joseph's Church was completed in May of 1987. Though it is indeed a relatively new structure, it stands upon the same ground and has the same historical roots as its predecessor, the original St. Joseph's Church, the beginnings of which go back to 1863. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.objectiftech.fr/st_joe_paris/index.php/st-joseph-groups/history
285 Church of Saint Germain-des-Pres Shrines 3 Place Saint-Germain des Pr The Benedictine Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Pr
284 St. Genevieve Chapel Shrines Place Sainte-Genevi Saint-
283 La Sainte Chapelle (The Holy Chapel) Shrines 8 Boulevard du Palais 75001 Paris France La Sainte-Chapelle (French pronunciation: ?[la s??t ?ap?l], The Holy Chapel) is a royal medieval Gothic chapel, located near the Palais de la Cit
282 Cathedral of Notre Dame Shrines 6 Parvis Notre-Dame - Place Jean-Paul II 75004 Paris France Notre-Dame de Paris (IPA: [n?t?? dam d? pa?i]; French for "Our Lady of Paris"), also known as Notre-Dame Cathedral or simply Notre-Dame, is a historic Catholic cathedral on the eastern half of the
281 The Church of St. Mary Magdeline Shrines Place de la Madeleine 75008 Paris France L'
280 Basilica of Saint Denis Shrines 1 Rue de la L The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Denis (French: Cath
279 The Sacre Coeur (Basilica of the Sacred Heart) Shrines 35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre 75018 Paris France The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, commonly known as Sacr
278 Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque & the Sacred Heart of Jesus Shrines 22 ZAC du Champ Bossu 71600 Paray-le-monial France If one can speak of the vocation of a region, Burgundy has contributed significantly to the work of monasticism during the Middle Ages. Cluny was the first spiritual, cultural and political center of the monastic life. More than 10,000 monks lived according to its rule in the 1450 monasteries spread across all of Europe. Prayer, study and teaching molded the great politicians of the era. Several popes came from there, and Paray le Monial is the most significant architectural fruit of that great monastic center. In another style, not far from Paray le Monial, the octagonal bell tower of Anzy-leDuc invites pilgrims to cross its threshold. It is garded by the figure of Christ ascending into heaven, and upon entering, one cannot but be penetrated by the light that floods its liturgical space. This church was the prototype of the Basilica in Vezelay. In the surrounding areas, the Churches of Montceau-l
277 Incorrupt Body of Saint Bernadette Nevers Shrines 34 Rue Saint-Gildard 58000 Nevers France 30 years after her death, the cause of the Beatification of Bernadette required that her body be exhumed. When it was exhumed in September 1909, April 1919 and again in April 1925 it was found intact. Since 3rd August 1925 the body of Bernadette is preserved in a shrine in the chapel of what was known as the Convent of St. Gildard of Nevers. It is now known as "Espace Bernadette Soubirous
276 Montfort sur Meu (Birthplace of St. Louis de Montfort Shrines 35160 Montfort-sur-Meu France The town of Montfort is known for being the birthplace of Louis Marie Grignon in 1673, rue de la Saulnerie, one of the oldest streets of the city. This is, in its birthplace, the memory of this missionary who devoted his life to religious reconquest of popular media is maintained. He created many charitable orders: Daughters of Wisdom, the Brothers of St. Gabriel and the Montfort Fathers and Brothers. This home visit and receives pilgrimages, it is also the starting point for a walking tour dedicated to the memory of Saint Louis-Marie. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.paysdemontfort.com/accueil/decouvrir/patrimoine_communal/patrimoine_religieux/TIF_PCUBRE035FS00019/la_maison_natale_de_saint_louis_marie_grignion
275 Mont Saint Michel Shrines 50170 Le Mont-Saint-Michel France Mont Saint-Michel (pronounced: [m?? s?? mi.??l]; English: Saint Michael's Mount) is an island commune in Normandy, France. It is located approximately one kilometre (0.6 miles) off the country's northwestern coast, at the mouth of the Couesnon River near Avranches. 247 acres (100 ha) in size, the island has a population of 44 (2009). The island has held strategic fortifications since ancient times, and since the eighth century AD has been the seat of the monastery from which it draws its name. The structural composition of the town exemplifies the feudal society that constructed it. On top God, the abbey and monastery, below this the Great halls, then stores and housing, and at the bottom, outside the walls, fishermen and farmers' housing. Its unique position of being an island only 600 metres from land made it readily accessible on low tide to the many pilgrims to its abbey. Equally, this position made it readily defensible as an incoming tide stranded, or drowned, would-be assailants. By capitalising on this natural defence, the Mont remained unconquered during the Hundred Years' War with a small garrison successfully defending it against a full attack by the English in 1433. The reverse benefits of its natural defence was not lost on Louis XI who turned The Mont into a state prison and thereafter the abbey started to be used more regularly as a jail during the Ancien R
274 Basilica of Our Lady of Fourviere Shrines 8 Place de Fourvi With 2 million visitors each year, Fourvi
273 Our Lady of Lourdes, Site of Healing and Hope Shrines 1 Avenue Monseigneur Th The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes or the Domain (as it is most commonly known) is an area of ground surrounding the Catholic shrine (Grotto) to Our Lady of Lourdes in the town of Lourdes, France. The Sanctuary is a destination for pilgrimage; sick pilgrims are reputed to be miraculously healed by Lourdes water. This ground is owned and administrated by the Roman Catholic Church, and has several functions, including devotional activities, offices, and accommodation for sick pilgrims and their helpers. The Domain includes the Grotto itself, the nearby taps which dispense the Lourdes water, and the offices of the Lourdes Medical Bureau, as well as several churches and basilicas. It comprises an area of 51 hectares, and includes 22 separate places of worship. There are six official languages of the Sanctuary: French, English, Italian, Spanish, Dutch and German. Grottos intended as replicas of the one at Our Lady of Lourdes, and other grottos in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes, are often described as "Lourdes grottos". Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanctuary_of_Our_Lady_of_Lourdes
272 Shrine of St. Therese of the Child Jesus Shrines Avenue Jean XXIII 14100 Lisieux France The Basilica of St. Th
271 Apparitions of Our Lady of Prayer Shrines 58 rue de la Libert Located right out of the church of St. Gilles, the Accueil Notre-Dame can receive pilgrims, coming in groups or individually, eager to learn about the events of 1947. Housed in the former coach house of the Isle Bouchard, building from the XVII th century, it was long the Peugeot garage until its acquisition in 1991 by the Association Ile Bouchard. Since 2005, it is owned by the Diocesan Association. The set includes a reception with a small museum on the events of 1947 and several rooms of varying capacity to meet pilgrims and view (on DVD) the message of Our Lady of Prayer: a room of 50 seats, a small room for 15 people and a large hall, the Hall Notre Dame, accommodating up to 300 people. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.ilebouchard.com/
270 Our Lady of Le Puy Shrines 2 rue de la Man A shrine dedicated to the Virgin Mary had been built in Puy-en-Velay since the very early Middle Ages. It quickly became renowned nationally and in Europe. Since the 10th century, at the start of the route of Saint James of Compostella, the stop at the venerable and mysterious statue of the Black Virgin has therefore become a special moment of gratitude to Christ the Saviour whom Mary had welcomed as Son of God. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.villes-sanctuaires.com/spip.php?article16&lang=en
269 Shrine of Saint Mary Magdalene Shrines 83470 Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume France Founded in the 13th century, the Sainte-Marie-Madeleine basilica is a magnificent building of Gothic style. Its crypt contains the holy relics of Marie-Madeleine. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.france-voyage.com/tourism/saint-maximin-la-sainte-baume-basilica-787.htm
268 Our Lady of Laus Shrine Shrines F - 05130 Saint-Etienne-Laus France The Shrine of Our Lady of Laus is a Catholic spiritual mecca located in the Southern Alps. Its origin of the apparitions of the Virgin Mary to a shepherdess, Benedicta Rencurel , between 1664 and 1718. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.sanctuaire-notredamedulaus.com/fr/decouvrir/le-laus-presentation-generale.html
267 Our Lady of Miremer Shrines 83680 La Garde-Freinet France This medieval chapel is situated on the road leading to Grimaud. It was rebuilt in the 19th Century and is a site of pilgrimage
266 Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy Shrines Rue Forcioli Conti 20000 Ajaccio France "The cathedral is located in the old town. Its construction began in 1577. It was completed in 1593 during the episcopate of Bishop Giulio Giustiniani whose arms are above the portal Carrara marble. The building is typical of the architecture of the Counter-Reformation. High on a Latin cross, the transept crossing is lit by a cupola. Inside, the cathedral is particularly notable for its high altar offered in 1811 by Elisa, Napoleon's sister. Several side chapels are of interest: The Chapel of the Madonna del pianto (first left on entering) where there is a painting by Eug
265 Palace of the Popes and home to a Eucharistic Miracle Shrines Place du Palais 84000 Avignon France "The Palace of the Popes stands as the mighty symbol of the church
264 The Cathedral of Amiens and the head of John the Baptist Shrines 30 Place Notre Dame 80000 Amiens France The Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Amiens (French: Basilique Cath
260 Shrine of Our Lady Quince Shrines Cuenca Ecuador Seventy kilometers from the city of Loja in the mountains of southern Ecuador is the town of El Cisne, the site of a much venerated Marian shrine. The basilica of El Cisne was built in 1742 and modeled after a similar basilica in Harlungenberg, Germany. In 1594, the inhabitants of the El Cisne region had desired their own religious relic, similar to the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico City. Representatives of the local people traveled to the capital city Quito, where they requested the sculptor Don Diego de Robles to create the Virgin de El Cisne statue. History tells us that those who had ordered the image couldn't or wouldn't pay the sculptor for it, and he traded it to the "oyacachi" Indians for some large cedar boards he needed. At a later time, popular fancy enriched the facts with the legend that the Virgin had appeared earlier to the Indians in a cave and had promised to deliver them from the dangerous bears which devoured the children. Our Lady of Quinche is almost entirely "a people's Madonna," a protector of the Indians. The image is a fine carving in cedarwood, measuring 62 centimeters in height. The handsome sculpture is hidden by large brocade garments, covered with jewels and embroidered with gold and silver threads, which only allow the serene dark face to be seen. The Virgin holds a scepter in her right hand and with the left hand she holds the Child, who lifts a hand in blessing and in the other hand displays a gold globe crowned with a cross. The pedestal at her feet and the large half moon, both of pure silver, and the heavy crowns made of gold and precious stones which adorn the heads of Jesus and Mary, evidence the generosity of the people of Ecuador who like to see their patroness resplendent, dressed with the best finery. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.marypages.com/OurLadyofQuinche.htm
259 Basilica of Our Lady of Altagracia Shrines Higuey Dominican Republic "The Bas
258 Diocletian's Palace Shrines Split Croatia Diocletian's Palace (Croatian: Dioklecijanova pala?a, pronounced [di?kl?t?sij??n??a p?lat??a]) is a building in Split, Croatia, that was built by the Roman emperor Diocletian at the turn of the fourth century AD. Diocletian built the massive palace in preparation for his retirement on 1 May 305 AD. It lies in a bay on the south side of a short peninsula running out from the Dalmatian coast, four miles from Salona, the capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia. The terrain slopes gently seaward and is typical karst, consisting of low limestone ridges running east to west with marl in the clefts between them. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diocletian%27s_Palace
257 Our Lady of Sinj Shrines In Sinj, the centre of the area of Cetina in the south of Croatia, is situated the shrine of Our Lady of Sinj, the greatest Marian site, and where a great fair is held. In 1715, about 700 people of Cetina, together with a number of Franciscan monks bearing a picture of the Mother of Grace, took refuge in Grad, the fortress above the present town, from an Ottoman army comprising ten thousand soldiers, who began a ferocious attack on 14 August. After three hours of furious assault, during which the Franciscans and the people prayed before the picture of the Mother of Grace, the all-conquering Turkish army suddenly and inexplicably took flight. The last Ottoman soldiers left the Cetina area on 15th August. Witnesses said that a white lady illuminated by a vast light had appeared before the besieging soldiers. It is believed to this day that Our Lady achieved a great victory over the invading hordes. In honour of that great and miraculous triumph, a famous and unique knightly game, the Sinjska alka, (tilting at the ring) is held every year. The shrine of Our Lady of Sinj was renovated in 1721 and its present form dates from 1771, after it was restored following an earthquake. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.ciovo-trogir.com/sinj/sinj_en.html
256 The Church of Saint Blaise Shrines Placa Thoroughfare (Stradun) Dubrovnik Croatia The new Church of St Blasius was built in Baroque style according to the prototype of St. Mauritius church in Venice. A large staircase leads to the ornamented main portal and a large dome decorates the roof of the church. The interior of the church is furnished in great detail, and the marble altars are particularly impressive. The centre piece of the main altar is a gothic statue of St. Blasius in gold-plated silver from the 15th century that holds in his hand a model of the City as it looked before the earthquake. The statue is a work of an unknown artist of Dubrovnik gild school and it is the most valuable work of art in the long history of Dubrovnik. Historically the statue is quite important as the model of Dubrovnik in St Blasius hands distinctly depicts how the buildings before the Great earthquake looked like. It is interesting to notice that the statue, including some other valuables, was undamaged in the great earthquake and later in the fire that destroyed the old church which was interpreted as a sign and a miracle. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.dubrovnikcity.com/dubrovnik/attractions/st_blaise_church.htm
255 Dubrovnik Cathedral Shrines Op?ina Dubrovnik 20000 Croatia The Assumption Cathedral (Croatian: Katedrala Velike Gospe, Katedrala Marijina Uznesenja) is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Dubrovnik, Croatia. It is the seat of the Diocese of Dubrovnik. The cathedral was built on the site of several former cathedrals, including 6th, 10th and 11th century buildings, and their 12th century successor in the Romanesque style, which was largely destroyed in the earthquake of 1667. The Senate of Dubrovnik appealed to the architect Andrea Bufalini who sent a model for the new church. Several other Italian architects including Francesco Cortese (present from 1669 until his death in 1670), Paolo Andreotti (present 1671-1674), Pier Antonio Bazzi (present 1677-78), and Tommaso Maria Napoli of Palermo (present 1689 - 1700), all working with local and imported stonemasons, completed the Cathedral over the next three decades. Napoli made several crucial changes to the original plans including the use of a cross vault and the opening of large thermal windows at the upper level. This gives the whole interior a lighter and brighter feel. The style of the Cathedral is in keeping with the esthetics of Roman Baroque architecture as practiced by Bernini, Carlo Fontana and their 17th century contemporaries. The building features three high naves, three apses and a grand Baroque dome. The main altar holds a polyptych by Titian, portraying a version of the Assumption of the Virgin. This painting probably dates from 1552; the side altars hold paintings of later centuries. The Cathedral treasury (Riznica Katedrale) holds 200 reliquaries holding relics from the 11th to 18th centuries; chiefly, the gold-plated arm, leg and skull of Saint Blaise and a relic of the True Cross. The cathedral was damaged by at least one shell during the Siege of Dubrovnik. The damage has since been repaired. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubrovnik_Cathedral
254 Saint Ignatius Church Shrines Poljana R. Boskovica Dubrovnik Croatia The Church of St Ignatius is single nave, with side chapels and a semicircular divided apse, decorated by magnificent Baroque frescoes with scenes from life of St. Ignatius de Loyola painted by Gaetano Garcia. The frescoes fit perfectly in the ambiance of the church and at first sight they are simply breathtaking. The church belfry houses the oldest bell in Dubrovnik, cast in 1355 by Viventius and his son Viator. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.dubrovnikcity.com/dubrovnik/attractions/st_ignatius_church.htm
253 Our Lady of Svata Hora, Czech Republic Shrines Svat The most well-known, as well as renowned, place of pilgrimage consecrated to the Virgin Mary in Bohemia - Svat
252 Saint Vitus Cathedral Shrines III. n St. Vitus Cathedral is the largest and the most important temple in Prague. Apart from religious services the coronations of Czech kings and queens also took place in here. The cathedral is a place of interment of remains of provincial patron saints, sovereigns, noblemen and archbishops. Source and photo courtesy of: http://www.hrad.cz/en/prague-castle/guidepost-for-visitors/st-vitus-cathedral.shtml
251 The Infant Jesus of Prague in the Church of Our Lady Victorious Shrines Karmelitsk The charming statue of the Child Jesus, displayed for people to venerate in the church of Our Lady of Victory in the Lesser Town district of Prague, receives visitors from all over the world every day. People come here to pray for help, healing, or peace; some come in trust expecting the birth of a child; and many return to give thanks. The sweet face of the Child Jesus attracts visitors through its beauty. The right hand of the child is raised in blessing, while his left hand holds a sphere surmounted by a cross
250 Santiago de Cuba...El Cobre (Our Lady of Charity), Patroness of Cuba Shrines El Cobre Cuba Our Lady of Charity also known as Our Lady of El Cobre is the patroness of Cuba, whose basilica named, Bas
249 The Sacred Cross of Para Shrines Ciro Frias Baracoa Cuba On 1st December 1492 Friar Bartolom
248 The Black Madonna in Cartago, Costa Rica Shrines 10 Cartago Costa Rica The Bas
247 Church of St. Peter Claver Shrines Calle de los Santos de Piedra Carrera 4 Cartagena de Indias Bol The Cloister where Pedro Claver lived and died has become a special place of silence, and reflection-a shrine to the life's work of this extraordinary man. Here, visitors will find examples of Pre Colombian ceramics, and an extensive museum rich with objects of religious art. Many of the period paintings and sculptures were done by Spanish and American artists of the 17th. Century. Adjoining the Monastery is the beautiful baroque church, designed by German and Dutch architects. Here, at the high alter, within a glass encasement, are the remains of Saint Pedro Claver-slave to the slaves. Source: http://www.cartagenainfo.net/saintpeterclaver/index.html
245 The Canadian Martyrs Shrine Shrines 16163 Highway 12 West P.O. Box 7 Highway 12 Midland Ontario Canada L4R 4K6 The Martyrs
244 Cap du La Madeleine, Canada (Our Lady of the Cape) Shrines 626 rue Notre-Dame Est Trois-Rivi Founded in 1888, and located in Trois-Rivi
243 Saint Anthony's Hermitage, Quebec Shrines 250 route de l As is often the case with great achievements, St. Anthony
242 Marguerite Bourgeoys Museum Shrines 400 Saint Paul Street East Old Montreal Quebec H2Y 1H4 Canada Crowning an ancient promontory above the Saint Lawrence River, once a campsite favoured by the Native peoples, a 300-year-old chapel, a museum of history and an archaeological site invite you to hear what they have to say about the people who founded Montreal. Through the achievements of Marguerite Bourgeoys, a woman of courage and compassion who lived in 17th-century Montreal, you will find yourself transported back through time Source: http://www.marguerite-bourgeoys.com/en/museum/museum.asp
241 Notre-Dame-de-Bon Secours Shrines 400 Saint Paul Street East Old Montreal Quebec H2Y 1H4 Canada For over 350 years, the Chapel of Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours, a jewel of history and heritage, has made its way into the hearts of generations of visitors and pilgrims. As you step into the church, you will immediately notice the peaceful atmosphere and feel a palpable link to Montreal
240 Apparitions of Our Lady Shrines Quirino da Costa Coutinho s / n Itapiranga / Spring Garden Amazon 69120-000 Brazil Our Lady appears in Itapiranga, in northern Brazil to the young Edson Glauber, who sees Mary as a very beautiful seventeen year old. Mary tells him she is the Queen of the Rosary. Sometimes she comes with the Child Jesus in the arms of St. Joseph, and speaks of the consecration to the most chaste Heart of St. Joseph. St. Joseph appears with a heart on his chest and in his heart there is a M with a cross, as if to indicate that the three hearts are always together. The mission he was given is to pray for the young, for their conversion, for peace and for the world. Source: http://www.miraclehunter.com/marian_apparitions/approved_apparitions/itapiranga/index.html
239 The Basilica of Our Lady of Aparecida Shrines Avenida J The Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida , the largest shrine in the world dedicated to Mary, Mother of God, located in the Para
238 Cathlolic Safari Shrines Kasane Botswana Africa Catholic Safaris are safaris with a difference: - Double purpose: Enjoying your safari you support the Catholic Mission in Botswana - Your holidays become a missionary donation (without any additional effort or costs on your side) One of the last remaining truly wild places in the whole of Africa with spectacular wildlife still abundant, Botswana is a unique success story of Africa - democratic country, political stability, constant development and modern facilities. Well developed safari and tourism infrastructure and professional guiding will make your adventure safe and enjoyable. Come to see the world-famous Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park, Nxai Pan, Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Central Kalahari Game Reserve and several other interesting destinations. Cultural trips are offered as well. Source: http://www.catholicsafaris.com/index.html
237 Church of Our Lady Shrines Mariastraat 8000 Brugge Belgium The Church of Our Lady (Dutch: Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk) in Bruges, Belgium, dates mainly from the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries. Its tower, at 122.3 meters in height, remains the tallest structure in the city and the second tallest brickwork tower in the world (the tallest being the St. Martin's Church in Landshut, Germany). In the choir space behind the high altar are the tombs of Charles the Bold, last Valois Duke of Burgundy, and his daughter, the duchess Mary. The gilded bronze effigies of both father and daughter repose at full length on polished slabs of black stone. Both are crowned, and Charles is represented in full armor and wearing the decoration of the Order of the Golden Fleece. The altarpiece of the large chapel in the southern aisle enshrines the most celebrated art treasure of the church
236 Basilica of the Holy Blood Shrines Burg 13 8000 Brugge Belgium The Basilica of the Holy Blood (Dutch: Heilig-Bloedbasiliek, French: Basilique du Saint-Sang) is a Roman Catholic minor basilica in Bruges, Belgium. Originally built in the 12th century as the chapel of the residence of the Count of Flanders, the church houses a venerated relic of the Holy Blood allegedly collected by Joseph of Arimathea and brought from the Holy Land by Thierry of Alsace, Count of Flanders. Built between 1134 and 1157, it was promoted to minor basilica in 1923. The 12th-century basilica is located in the Burg square and consists of a lower and upper chapel. The lower chapel dedicated to St. Basil the Great is a dark Romanesque structure that remains virtually unchanged. The venerated relic is in the upper chapel, which was rebuilt in the Gothic style during the 16th century and renovated multiple times during the 19th century in Gothic Revival style. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basilica_of_the_Holy_Blood
235 Eucharistic Miracle Shrines Rue Armand De Moor 2 1421 - Ophain-Bois-Seigneur-Isaac Belgium Bois-Seigneur-Isaac Abbey, in Ophain-Bois-Seigneur-Isaac, Belgium (a village now part of the town of Braine-l'Alleud), is a former Augustinian abbey, now a Premonstratensian priory, dependent on Averbode Abbey. In the 11th century Lord Isaac (Seigneur Isaac) set out on Crusade and was taken prisoner by the Saracens, but was miraculously freed following a vision of the Virgin Mary. On returning to his lands he built a wooden chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Grace and Consolation, with a statue venerated for nearly two centuries. In 1336 the neighbouring village of Ittre, suffering the Black Death, won permission from the bishop of Cambrai (whose diocese included Brabant) to carry the statue in procession through their village. It was found that the plague abated wherever the statue passed and so the villagers refused to hand back the statue which had protected them so well, finally winning the bishop's agreement to keep it and place a new statue in the chapel of Bois-Seigneur-Isaac. Better documented is the eucharistic miracle which occurred here on 5 June 1405. On that day, whilst celebrating mass, the parish priest of Ittre found a fragment of the consecrated host in the corporal, which, when he took it in his hands, began to bleed. The bishop of Cambrai investigated the miracle and in 1410 declared it genuine and allowed the chapel to become a place of pilgrimage. Augustinian canons were summoned to the site in 1413 to attend to the spiritual needs of the growing number of pilgrims and the priory the canons established soon became autonomous, becoming an independent abbey in 1416 as the abbey of Bois-Seigneur-Isaac (Abbatia Silvae Domini-Isaac), a member of the reformist Congregation of Windesheim. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bois-Seigneur-Isaac_Abbey
234 Our Lady of Beauraing Shrines Rue de l'Aub Our Lady of Beauraing (also known as the Virgin of the Golden Heart) is the title of 33 Marian apparitions reported in Beauraing, Belgium, between November 1932 and January 1933 by five children whose ages ranged between 9 and 15. For several years after the apparitions, pilgrims flocked to the small town of Beauraing, province of Namur (Belgium), and many cures were claimed. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Lady_of_Beauraing
233 Our Lady of Mariapocs Shrines 4326 M M
232 Cathedral of St. Stephen Shrines Stephansplatz 3 1010 Vienna St. Stephen's Cathedral (German: Stephansdom) is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna and the seat of the Archbishop of Vienna, Christoph Cardinal Sch
231 The Silent Night Chapel Shrines Sch The Silent Night Chapel (Stille-Nacht-Kapelleis) located in the town Upper Village in the Austrian province of Salzburg and is the memory of the Christmas carol Holy Night and his librettist, Joseph Mohr and composer, Franz Xaver Gruber. It stands in place of the former St. Nicholas Church in 24 December 1818. The Christmas carol was performed for the first time. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silent-Night-Chapel
230 Klosterneuburg Monastery Shrines Stiftsplatz 1 A-3400 Klosterneuburg Austria Klosterneuburg Monastery (German: Stift Klosterneuburg) is a twelfth-century Augustinian monastery of the Roman Catholic Church located in the town of Klosterneuburg in Lower Austria. Overlooking the Danube river, just north of the Vienna city limits at the Leopoldsberg, the monastery was founded in 1114 by Saint Leopold III of Babenberg, the patron saint of Austria, and his second wife Agnes of Germany. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klosterneuburg_Monastery
229 Shrine of Saint Mary MacKillop Shrines 7-11 Mount Street North Sydney NSW 2060 Australia Mary Helen MacKillop RSJ, also known as St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, was an Australian of Scottish descent who has been declared a saint by the Catholic Church. Together with the Reverend Julian Tenison Woods, she founded the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, a congregation of religious sisters which established a number of schools and welfare institutions throughout Australasia, with an emphasis on education for the rural poor. On 17 July 2008, Pope Benedict XVI prayed at her tomb during his visit to Sydney for World Youth Day 2008. On 19 December 2009, Pope Benedict approved the Catholic Church's recognition of a second miracle attributed to her intercession. She was canonised on 17 October 2010 during a public ceremony in St Peter's Square at the Vatican. She is the only Australian thus far to be recognised by the Catholic Church as a saint. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_MacKillop
228 Our Lady of the Rosary Shrines San Nicol The Virgin of the Rosary of San Nicolas is one of the many avocations with which the figure of the Virgin Mary in Catholicism is venerated. According to the official history of the Catholic Church of St. Nicholas, the Virgin Mary, in front of a simple woman of San Nicolas de los Arroyos , a northern city of the province of Buenos Aires appears for the first time on September 25, 1983 , Argentina . This lady does not dare to appear before television since 1983 and his name is Gladys Quiroga de Motta .
227 Our Lady of Lujan Shrines San Mart The Basilica of Our Lady of Luj
226 Shrine of Our Lady of Meritxell Shrines Ctra. General Meritxell AD100 Andorra Our Lady of Meritxell (Catalan: Mare de D
225 El Pilar Basilica, Zaragoza Shrines Plaza del Pilar s/n 50003 Zaragoza Spain The Bas
224 Margaret Clitherow Shrine, York Shrines 35 The Shambles York YO1 7LZ England A sacred site in York that might be easily missed is the Shrine of St. Margaret Clitherow, located in a small medieval house on The Shambles. St. Margaret met a rather gruesome martyrdom in 1586 for being a Catholic in a newly Protestant England.
223 Basilica of the National Shrine, Washington DC Shrines 400 Michigan Ave NE Washington DC 20017 United States The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is a Catholic minor basilica and national Marian shrine in Washington, D.C. Built on land donated by the Catholic University of America, the basilica took over a century to build and receives millions of pilgrims each year. Contrary to a common assumption, the Basilica of the National Shrine is not the Catholic cathedral of Washington - that honor goes to the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle.
222 Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham Shrines 2 Common Pl Walsingham Norfolk NR22 6EE United Kingdom The Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham (known as "England's Nazareth") is an Anglican and Catholic shrine to the Virgin Mary in rural Norfolk, England. It was founded in the 11th century after a local noblewoman had a vision of the Virgin Mary and became a very popular medieval pilgrimage destination. Suppressed at the English Reformation, the shrine was revived in the early 20th century and once again attracts many pilgrims.
221 Shroud of Turin Shrines Piazza San Giovanni Turin Piedmont 10122 Italy One of the most famous Christian relics in the world, the Shroud of Turin (Sindone di Torino) is kept in the Chapel of the Shroud (Cappella della Sacra Sindone) of Turin Cathedral. It is only rarely displayed to the public (the last exhibition was in 2000 and the next was scheduled for 2025), but the Pope announced last year that it will be shown for six weeks in Spring 2010.
220 Trier Cathedral Shrines Sternstra Though it might be mistaken for a fortress, Trier Cathedral (Dom St. Peter) houses an impressive collection of artworks, architecture and holy relics. It is also of considerable historical significance, as the oldest church in Germany. Today, Trier Cathedral remains a working Catholic cathedral and an important Catholic shrine that still receives pilgrims.
219 St Mary's Church, Motuti Shrines 224 Motuti Rd Hokianga North 0492 New Zealand The tiny St Mary's Church at Motuti, in the remote Hokianga area of northern New Zealand, attracts local and international pilgrims to the shrine of the country's first Catholic bishop.
218 St. Non's Well, St Davids Shrines St Nons Bay St. Davids Wales As was often the case in medieval Wales, the Chapel of St. Non became associated with a well, which lies to the east of the chapel, below the modern retreat center.
217 St Albans Cathedral Shrines St Albans Hertfordshire AL1 1BY United Kingdom St Albans Cathedral, which makes an easy day trip from London, is interesting for a variety of reasons - it shelters the shrine of England's first Christian martyr, it is constructed from the ruins of a Roman city, it boasts the longest nave in Britain, it has some fine Norman architecture, and retains numerous 13th- and 14th-century wall paintings.
216 Shrine of St. Catherine, Siena Shrines Via Camporegio 37 53100 Siena Italy Saint Catherine of Siena (1347-80) was a lay-affiliate of the Dominican Order famed for her intellect and mystical visions of Christ. Her house and shrine is in her hometown of Siena, Italy.
215 Basilica de la Macarena, Seville Shrines Calle de B On the northern tier of central Seville, the Basilica de la Macarena possesses the most revered image in Seville, "The Virgin of Hope" (Nuestra Se
214 Seefeld Eucharistic Miracle Shrines Dorfplatz .38 6100 Seefeld Austria The village of Seefeld in the Tirol region of western Austria is renowned as a fabulous ski resort, but it is the small parish church of Seefeld that brings the devout and miracle-seekers to the village year after year. It was here, in the 14th century, that an astonishing eucharistic miracle reportedly brought an arrogant knight to his knees.
213 St. James Cathedral, Seattle Shrines 804 9th Ave Seattle WA 98104 United States St. James Cathedral in Seattle is a Roman Catholic cathedral built in 1907. It is notable for its grand scale, fine architecture, a Renaissance painting of the Virgin and Child, and its relics of Mother Cabrini, the first American saint.
212 Santarem Eucharistic Miracle Shrines R. Miguel Bombarda Santarem Santar Not far from the Catholic shrine at Fatima and 45 miles north of Lisbon is Santar
211 Shrine of Padre Pio, San Giovanni Rotondo Shrines 71013 San Giovanni Rotondo Italy San Giovanni Rotondo Puglia Italy The Shrine of Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo, southern Italy, is the second-most visited Catholic shrine in the world. It centers on the tomb of Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, a Capuchin friar, priest and mystic known for his devotion to God, care for the sick, and supernatural gifts. He died in 1968 and was declared a saint in 2002.
210 Loreto Church, Salzburg Shrines Paris-Lodron-Stra The Christ Child of Loreto (Salzburger Kindl) is a miraculous statue of the infant Jesus now housed in Maria Loreto Convent in Salzburg, Austria. Dating from the 17th century, the small statue of the Christ Child originated in Switzerland. It was given to a Capuchin priest named Fr. John Chrysostom Schenk by his monastic superior. The priest held the statue very dear to his heart and took it with him on all his priestly errands in a small wooden box. Friar Schenk was much loved for his tireless work on behalf of the poor and sick, and his statue of the Christ Child seemed to be especially powerful in healing the sick. The priest often loaned it out to those in need, and it always returned to him in excellent condition. Schenk died on November 25, 1634, but devotion to his cherished statue continued. In 1635, cathedral provost Paris Graf von Lodron granted asylum to a group of Swedish refugee nuns from Landshut, and he had the Maria Loreto Convent built for them. The convent was completed in 1648. Eventually, the miraculous statue was entrusted to the Capuchin nuns of Salzburg. The Christ Child of Loreto is enshrined in their chapel, engulfed in precious jewels and surrounded by a tabernacle decorated with golden angels and silver clouds. It is carried in the church for every service.
209 Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupr Shrines 9803 Boulevard Sainte-Anne Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupr Sainte-Anne de Beaupr
208 Saint-Beno Shrines 1 Avenue de l'Abbaye 45730 Saint-Beno Saint-Beno
207 St. Peter's Basilica, Rome Shrines Piazza San Pietro 00120 Citt St. Peter's Basilica (Italian: San Pietro in Vaticano) is a major basilica in Vatican City, an enclave of Rome. St. Peter's was until recently the largest church ever built and it remains one of the holiest sites in Christendom. Contrary to what one might reasonably assume, St. Peter's is not a cathedral - that honor in Rome goes to St. John Lateran. St. Peter's Basilica stands on the traditional site where Peter - the apostle who is considered the first pope - was crucified and buried. St. Peter's tomb is under the main altar and many other popes are buried in the basilica as well. Originally founded by Constantine in 324, St. Peter's Basilica was rebuilt in the 16th century by Renaissance masters including Bramante, Michelangelo and Bernini.
206 Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome Shrines Piazza di S. Maria Maggiore 42 00100 Roma Italy Founded in the 4th century, the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore (Basilica of Saint Mary Major) is one of the five great ancient basilicas of Rome. Its 18th-century exterior conceals one of the best-preserved Byzantine interiors in the city.
205 Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, Rome Shrines Piazza di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme 00141 Roma Italy The Basilica di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme (Holy Cross in Jerusalem) is a very interesting basilica just a short walk from San Giovanni in Laterano in Rome. It is one of the seven pilgrimage churches in the Eternal City. Too often overlooked by visitors (though pilgrims wouldn't miss it), Santa Croce is well worth a visit for its extraordinary collection of relics from the Holy Land, its full-sized replica of the Shroud of Turin, the shrine of a young girl who is being considered for sainthood, and its connections with Constantine and St. Helen.
204 Sant'Agnese fuori le Mura, Rome Shrines Via Nomentana 349 Roma Italy The Basilica di Sant'Agnese Fuori le Mura (Basilica of St. Agnes Outside the Walls) is a 7th century church in Rome. It is notable for its mosaics, shrine of the virgin martyr St. Agnes, and catacombs.
203 San Pietro in Vincoli, Rome Shrines Piazza di San Pietro in Vincoli 4/a 00184 Roma Italy San Pietro in Vincoli (Saint Peter in Chains) is a minor basilica in Rome that houses St. Peter's chains and Michelangelo's famous Moses statue.
202 San Lorenzo fuori le Mura, Rome Shrines Piazzale del Verano 3 00185 Roma Italy Located on the east side of Rome beyond Termini Station, San Lorenzo fuori le Mura (St. Lawrence outside the Walls) is an ancient basilica with a wealth of early Christian artifacts. Built over the grave of St. Lawrence (d.258), San Lorenzo is one of the five patriarchal basilicas and one of the seven pilgrimage churches of Rome.
201 San Giovanni in Laterano (St. John Lateran), Rome Shrines Piazza di San Giovanni in Laterano 4 Roma Italy Dedicated to John the Baptist and John the Evangelist, the Basilica of St. John Lateran (Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano) is the first among the four major basilicas of Rome. It is also the cathedral of the bishop of Rome, the Pope, and is thus known as Omnium urbis et orbis Ecclesiarum Mater et Caput: "Cathedral of Rome and of the World." Built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century, San Giovanni in Laterano was the first church to be built in Rome. It contains several important relics, a lovely 13th-century cloister and an ancient baptistery (San Giovanni in Fonte).
200 Mamertine Prison, Rome Shrines Via Clivo Argentario 1 00186 Roma Italy The Mamertine Prison (a.k.a. Carcere Mamertino or San Pietro in Carcare) is an ancient prison at the foot of the Capitoline Hill in Rome. The Mamertine Prison consists of two gloomy underground cells where Rome's vanquished enemies were imprisoned and usually died, of either starvation or strangulation. Famous prisoners here include the Goth Jugurtha, the indomitable Gaul Vercingetorix and, according to legend, St. Peter. There is no archaeological evidence or early written account that Peter was here, but the legend had taken root by the 5th century and the prison attracted early pilgrims. It remains a pilgrimage site today and a church, San Giuseppe dei Falegnami, now stands over the prison.
199 Domine Quo Vadis, Rome Shrines Via Appia Antica 51 00179 Roma Italy The Chiesa di Santa Maria in Palmis, better known as Chiesa del Domine Quo Vadis (literally, the Church of "Lord, Where Are You Going?") is a small church on the Appian Way in Rome.
198 Rocamadour Shrine Shrines Rue de la Mercerie 46500 Rocamadour France Rocamadour, about 100 miles north of Toulouse, is a popular destination for pilgrims and tourists alike. The spectacular natural and religious site perched high on a rocky plateau receives 1.5 million visitors each year. For pilgrims, Rocamadour's importance lies with the Shrine of Our Lady of Rocamadour, a complex of religious structures centered on a miraculous statue of the Virgin Mary and the tomb of an ancient saint. Tourists come to Rocamadour for its religious interest, historical significance, beautiful architecture, and most of all, for the spectacular views: Rocamadour is situated atop a rocky plateau overlooking the Alzou Valley.
197 Chapel of the Miraculous Medal, Paris Shrines 140 Rue du Bac 75007 Paris France The Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal is a chapel in Paris revered by Catholics as the site of three apparitions of the Virgin Mary in 1830.
196 Shrine of St. Elizabeth Seton, New York City Shrines 7 State St New York NY 10004 United States Canonized in 1975, St. Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton (1774-1821) was the first American-born saint. An Episcopalian convert to Catholicism, Elizabeth is credited with founding the American parochial school system and America's first religious order. Today, the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary stands on the site of her family home in Lower Manhattan, New York City.
195 Naples Cathedral Shrines Via Duomo 147 80138 Napoli Italy Naples Cathedral (Italian: Duomo di San Gennaro or Duomo di Santa Maria Assunta) is a beautiful medieval cathedral in southern Italy that features the remains of an Early Christian basilica, many notable artworks, and the miraculous blood of San Gennaro.
194 Mt. Croagh Patrick Shrines Murrisk Connacht Ireland Mt. Croagh Patrick (also spelled Croach Patrick) is a mountain near the town of Westport in County Mayo, Ireland. Each year, as many as one million pilgrims and visitors make the trek to the top to pray at the stations of the cross, participate in Mass, do penance (in which case the rocky journey is undertaken barefoot) or just enjoy the spectacular view.
193 Montserrat Shrine Shrines 08199 Montserrat Catalonia Spain A rugged mountain not far from Barcelona is home to one of the most popular pilgrimage destinations in Spain: the Shrine of Our Lady of Montserrat. Since the 12th century, pilgrims have been drawn to the mountain to venerate the miraculous statue of the Black Madonna (La Moreneta). In 1996, 2.6 million visitors came to Montserrat.
192 St. Joseph's Oratory, Montreal Shrines 3800 Chemin Queen Mary Montr St. Joseph's Oratory is a great basilica with a giant copper dome built in honor of St. Joseph, patron saint of Canada. The massive edifice, high on the slopes of Mount Royale in Quebec, belies its simple origins as the dream of a humble lay brother named Brother Andr
191 Monte Sant'Angelo Shrines Via Reale Basilica 127 71037 Monte Sant'angelo Foggia Italy The Sanctuary of St. Michael the Archangel (Santuario di San Michele Arcangelo) is a sacred cave and popular Catholic shrine near San Giovanni Rotundo. Here the Archangel Michael is said to have appeared in 490, 492 and 1656 and consecrated the shrine himself.
190 Sant'Ambrogio, Milan Shrines Piazza Sant'Ambrogio 15 20123 Milano Italy Noted for its medieval architecture, the Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio (Basilica of St. Ambrose) in Milan was consecrated by St. Ambrose in 387 AD. Rebuilt in the 11th century, it became the model for all Lombard Romanesque churches.
189 San Satiro, Milan Shrines Via Torino 17-19 20123 Milano Italy The Chiesa Santa Maria Presso di San Satiro (commonly known just as San Satiro) is a beautiful church just south of the Duomo in Milan.
188 Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico City Shrines Plaza de las Am The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe(Spanish: Bas
187 Mariazell Shrine Shrines Benedictus-Platz 1 8630 Mariazell Austria Nestled high in the Alpine mountains of Austria, the Shrine of Our Lady of Mariazell is the most-visited Marian shrine in Central Europe, receiving about a million pilgrims each year.
186 Our Lady of Maria Plain Shrines Plainbergweg 38 5101 Plain Austria The hilltop shrine of Our Lady of Maria Plain, home to a miraculous image of the Virgin Mary, has been a major pilgrimage destination for over three centuries. With a location on a hill overlooking Salzburg, it is also worth visiting for its beautiful views of the city.
185 Lucca Cathedral (San Martino) Shrines Piazza Antelminelli 55100 Lucca Italy The Duomo di San Martino in Lucca is a beautiful marble cathedral with magnificent Romanesque sculptures on its facade and a much-revered crucifix (the Volto Santo) sheltered inside.
184 Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Lourdes Shrines 5 Route de la For Situated on top of the rock above the Grotto of Massabielle and behind the Basilica of the Rosary, the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (Basilique de l'Immacul
183 Basilica of the Rosary, Lourdes Shrines 1 Avenue Monseigneur Th The Basilica of the Rosary (Basilique Notre-Dame du Rosaire) is one of several places of worship at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes in Lourdes, France. It is located below and in front of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.
182 Grotto of Massabielle, Lourdes Shrines 1 Avenue Monseigneur Th The most sacred site at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes is the Grotto of Massabielle, also known as the Miraculous Caveor the Cave of Apparitions.
181 House of St. Bernadette, Lourdes Shrines 2 Rue Bernadette Soubirous Lourdes Midi-Pyr After visiting the main shrines of the Sanctuary of Lourdes, many pilgrims tour the home in which St. Bernadette and her family lived at the time the girl saw visions of the Virgin Mary. (See Lourdes History for the story.) Located at 2 Rue Bernadette Soubirous, the house of Bernadette's parents includes a mill, kitchen, Bernadette
180 Holy House of Loreto Shrines Piazza della Madonna 1 60025 Loreto Ancona Italy The Holy House of Loreto is one of the most revered Marian shrines in the world. Since medieval times, the Holy House has been believed to be the very home in which the Virgin Mary lived, conceived and raised the young Jesus. A large basilica has been built around the small shrine, and the sacred site attracts as many as 4 million Catholic pilgrims and visitors each year.
179 Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette Shrines 38970 La Salette - France La Salette, a small town of 200 people about 50 miles south of Grenoble, was the site of reported apparitions of the Virgin Mary in 1846. The Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette remains a minor place of pilgrimage today.
178 Knock Shrine Shrines Knock Co. Mayo Ireland Knock is a small town in County Mayo, Ireland, but it received international fame after local people reported seeing the Virgin Mary, St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist at their parish church on August 21, 1879. The Catholic Church has declared the visions trustworthy and in 1979 Pope John Paul II made a personal pilgrimage to Knock. Mother Teresa visited in 1993. Today, over one and a half million pilgrims visit the Knock Shrine every year.
177 Via Dolorosa, Jerusalem Shrines Old Town Jerusalem Israel For many Christian pilgrims to Jerusalem, the most important and meaningful thing they will do while in the city is walk the Via Dolorosa, the route that Jesus took between his condemnation by Pilate and his crucifixion and burial. The Via Dolorosa pilgrimage is followed by Christians of many denominations, but especially Catholics and Orthodox.
176 Tomb of the Virgin, Jerusalem Shrines Jerusalem Israel At the base of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem is a Crusader church said to mark the Tomb of the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus. Centered around a quarried-out tomb that may well date from the first century, the cave church is festooned with hanging lamps and highly atmospheric.
175 Dormition Abbey, Jerusalem Shrines Jerusalem Israel Distinguished by its blue conical roof, four ornamented turrets and landmark clock tower, the Abbey of the Dormition in Jerusalem is a German Benedictine church completed in 1910. It was built on land given by the Turkish sultan to the German Kaiser Wilhelm II and commemorates the "falling asleep" (dormitio) of the Virgin Mary.
174 Chapel of the Ascension, Jerusalem Shrines al-Tur Village Jerusalem Israel The Chapel of the Ascension in Jerusalem is a Christian and Muslim holy site that is believed to mark the place where Jesus ascended into heaven. The small round church/mosque contains a stone imprinted with the very footprints of Jesus.
173 Holy Hill Basilica Shrines 1525 Carmel Rd Hubertus WI United States Holy Hill (elevation: 1,300 ft), located 30 miles northwest of Milwaukee amid breathtaking scenery, is a historic sacred site and a registered national landmark. The shrine atop Holy Hill, the National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians, is run by Discalced Carmelite friars and attracts more than 300,000 pilgrims and visitors each year.
172 Glastonbury Abbey Shrines Magdalene St Glastonbury Somerset BA6 9EL United Kingdom Shrouded in mystery and legend, Glastonbury Abbey is a highly atmospheric ruin in Somerset, southern England. The surviving buildings, dating from around 1200, stand on one of the oldest Christian sites in Britain and are fine examples of Norman architecture.
171 San Miniato al Monte, Florence Shrines Via delle Porte Sante 34 50125 Firenze Italy The Basilica di San Miniato al Monte (Basilica of St Minias on the Mountain) stands atop one of the highest points in Florence, and has been described as the finest Romanesque structure in Tuscany and one of the most beautiful churches in Italy.
170 Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima Shrines Apartado 31 Fatima Santar The Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima (Portuguese: Nossa Senhora do Ros
169 Esquipulas Basilica Shrines 11 calle entre 2da. y 4ta. Avenida 13a Calle Esquipulas Guatemala Called the "spiritual center of Central America" by Pope John Paul II, the Basilica of Esquipulas attracts many pilgrims to its miraculous statue of the Black Christ carved in 1595.
168 House of the Virgin, Ephesus Shrines Orman Yolu Park Ephesus Aegean Region The House of the Virgin (Meryemana in Turkish), located in a nature park between Ephesus and Seljuk, is believed to be the last residence of the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus. The peaceful site is sacred to both Christians and Muslims, and is visited by many tourists and pilgrims.
167 Cave of the Seven Sleepers, Ephesus Shrines Ephesus Aegean Region At the archaeological site of Ephesus, a well-paved road heading east of the Vedius Gymnasium leads to the Cave of the Seven Sleepers, about .8km (1/2 mile) away.
166 Basilica of St. John, Ephesus Shrines ?sa Bey Mh. 35920 Sel The Basilica of St. John (St. Jean Aniti) was a great church in Ephesus constructed by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century. It stands over the believed burial site of St. John, who is identified as the apostle, evangelist (author of the Fourth Gospel) and prophet (author of Revelation). The basilica is on the slopes of Ayasoluk Hill near the center of Sel
165 El Cobre Shrines El Cobre Cuba The Virgin of Charity (La Virgen de la Caridad) is a miraculous statue of the Virgin Mary in the mining town of El Cobre, outside Santiago in southwest Cuba. Her shrine is the most important religious site on the entire island. A focus of intese popular devotion
164 Einsiedeln Shrines Einsiedeln Canton Schwyz 8840 Switzerland The Shrine of Our Lady of Einsiedeln is an important Catholic shrine in the village of Einsiedeln, which is about 20 miles southeast of Z
163 Shrine of Our Lady of Cz?stochowa, Czestochowa Shrines ul. o. A. Kordeckiego 2 42-225 Cz?stochowa Poland The Monastery of Jasna G
162 Cerro Calvario, Copacabana Shrines Sendero al Cerro del Calvario Copacabana Bolivia Cerro Calvario (Calvary Hill) is a hill in Copacabana lined with small monuments representing the 14 Stations of the Cross. Pilgrims visit the Stations for prayer and penance and many tourists climb the hill for its fine views.
161 Virgen de la Candelaria, Copacabana Shrines Copacabana Bolivia The Virgen de la Candelaria in Copacabana is a statue of the Virgin Mary sculpted by an Inca craftsman in 1576. Believed to work miracles, the statue of the "Dark Virgin of the Lake" is the most important pilgrimage destination in Bolivia.
160 Christ of the Tears, Cochabamba Shrines Belzu and Las Hero The Capilla Cristo de las L
159 Church of the Loaves and Fishes, Tabgha Shrines Tabgha Israel The Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes (also known as the Church of the Multiplication) is a church in Tabgha (ancient Heptapegon) on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee. The church is modern but stands on the site of 4th and 5th-century churches. It preserves a splendid early Christian mosaic as well as the traditional stone on which the miraculous meal was laid.
158 Chartres Cathedral Shrines 16 Clo Chartres Cathedral (full name Cath
157 St Augustine's Abbey, Canterbury Shrines Longport Canterbury Kent CT1 1PF United Kingdom St. Augustine's Abbey in Canterbury is a ruined monastery originally founded in 598 AD by Augustine, a Roman abbot who was sent by the pope to convert the Anglo-Saxons. Rebuilt in the Norman era and almost completedly destroyed at the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the ruins of the abbey are not substantial. Yet the foundations that remain provide a sense of the layout and the great importance of the site is well illustrated and explained by the onsite museum. Together with Canterbury Cathedral and St. Martin's Church (both located nearby), St. Augustine's Abbey was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988.
156 St. Stephen's Basilica, Budapest Shrines 1051 Budapest Szent Istv Sheltering a sacred relic of King Stephen I, St. Stephen's Basilica in Budapest is the largest church in Hungary.
155 Santuario Dom Bosco, Brasilia Shrines Av. W3 Sul Quadra 702 Lt. B Bras The Santuario Dom Bosco (Sanctuary of Dom Bosco) in Brasilia honors the Italian saint who dreamed of a utopian city in 1883. Brasilia, the modern capital city of Brazil, is inspired by this dream. The shrine is especially notable for its impressive interior, bathed in heavenly blue light from walls of windows.
154 Bom Jes Shrines Estrada do Bom Jesus 4715-261 Ten The Santu
153 Shepherds' Fields, Bethlehem Shrines Beit Sahour Bethlehem West Bank The roads descending to the east of Bethlehem lead through the mostly Christian village of Beit Sahour (or Bait Sahur), which includes the Shepherds' Fields: the fields identified since ancient times with the shepherds who saw the Star of Nativity.
152 Milk Grotto, Bethlehem Shrines Bethlehem West Bank The Milk Grotto (officially Magharet Sitti Mariam, "Grotto of the Lady Mary") is a serene grotto only a few minutes' walk from Manger Square in Bethlehem. This grotto, with a Franciscan chapel built above it, is considered sacred because tradition has it that the Holy Family took refuge here during the Slaughter of the Innocents, before their flight into Egypt. Tradition has it that while Mary was nursing Jesus here, a drop of milk fell to the ground, turning it white. The irregularly shaped grotto is hollowed out of the soft white rock. A church was built here by the 5th century, and mosaic fragments on the terrace of the grotto, with geometrical motifs and crosses, are thought to belong to this time. Both Christians and Muslims believe scrapings from the stones in the grotto boost the quantity of a mother's milk and enhance fertility. Mothers usually mix it in their drinking water; would-be mothers place the rock under their mattress. There is also an old tradition that identifies this as the burial site of the young victims of Herod's Slaughter of the Innocents. (There is a chapel dedicated to them in the caves beneath the Church of St. Catherine.)
151 Basilica di San Nicola, Bari Shrines Largo Abate Elia 13 70122 Bari Italy Founded in 1089 to shelter the stolen relics of St. Nicolas of Myra, the Basilica di San Nicola (St. Nicholas Basilica) in Bari is a majestic edifice that became the model for later Puglian Romanesque churches. Its crypt still contains the relics of St. Nicholas, a.k.a. Santa Claus.
150 Shrine of Our Lady of Banneux Shrines Rue de l'Esplanade 57 B-4141 Banneux Wallonia Belgium The Shrine of Our Lady of Banneux, also known as the Shrine of the Virgin of the Poor, is a Marian shrine and place of healing in the small town of Banneux in Belgium.
149 Baltimore Basilica Shrines 409 Cathedral St Baltimore MD 21201 United States Known as "America's First Cathedral," the Baltimore Basilica (in full: Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary) was the first Catholic cathedral built in the United States after the adoption of the Constitution. A Catholic cathedral in a prominently Protestant nation, it became a symbol of the nation's religious freedom. It was built in a Neoclassical style in 1806-1821 and underwent major restoration work in 2004-2006.
148 Monasterio de la Encarnacion, Avila Shrines Paseo de la Encarnacion 05005 Avila Spain Just outside the medieval walls of
147 Los Cuatro Postes, Avila Shrines Carretera Los Cuatro Postes ("The Four Posts") is a little shrine 1.5km outside the walled city of
146 Convento de Santa Teresa, Avila Shrines Plaza de la Santa 2 05001 The Convent of St. Teresa is one of two main destinations for Catholic pilgrims to
145 Santa Maria degli Angeli, Assisi Shrines Via Porziuncola 1 Santa Maria degli Angeli Perugia Italy Santa Maria degli Angeli (Church of St. Mary of the Angels) in Assisi is much venerated as the place of St. Francis' death. Inside the grand Baroque basilica are two small, humble structures: the Capella del Transito and the Porziuncola.
144 Basilica di Santa Chiara, Assisi Shrines Piazza Santa Chiara 1 06081 Assisi Perugia Italy The Basilica di Santa Chiara (Basilica of St. Clare) in Assisi is a 13th-century church that houses the relics of St. Clare, friend and protege of St. Francis of Assisi, as well as the miraculous crucifix that spoke to Francis.
143 Basilica di San Francesco, Assisi Shrines Piazza San Francesco 2 06081 Assisi Perugia Italy The grandiose, gorgeously embellished Basilica di San Francesco (Basilica of St. Francis) in Assisi is a rather incongruous memorial to a man who preached and lived a simple life of poverty, abstinence, and renunciation of worldly goods in search of greater spirituality. But the bi-level basilica is one of the world's focal points of both high artand intense spirituality. Still a major place of pilgrimage, the Basilica of St. Francis is a powerful place for believers and art-lovers alike.
142 Shrine of St. John Vianney, Ars-sur-Formans Shrines 451 Rue Jean Marie Vianney 01480 Ars-sur-Formans France The Sanctuaire de St. Jean-Marie Vianney (Shrine of St. John Vianney) is a Catholic shrine in Ars, a small city northwest of Lyon, France.
141 Amalfi Cathedral Shrines Via Duca Mansone I Amalfi Salerno Italy The Cathedral of St. Andrew, Amalfi is a highly unique cathedral full of interesting sights. Built in the early 1200s, the cathedral features a dramatic location atop a steep flight of stairs, an Arab-influenced exterior, and the relics of St. Andrew the Apostle in its crypt. Connected to the cathedral is an older basilica (now a small museum) and the fascinating Cloister of Paradise, both containing medieval murals.
140 Shrine of Our Lady of Absam Shrines B In 1797, in the small village of Absam near Innsbruck, a young girl was astonished to see an image of the Virgin Mary appear in the windowpane next to her. The image was determined to be miraculous and began to cause miraculous healings. Today, the small glass pane with the image of the Virgin is enshrined in the parish church for veneration.
137 Dickeyville Grotto Shrines 305 W. Main Street Dickeyville Wisconsin 53808 The Dickeyville Grotto and Shrines erected in the Village of Dickeyville, Wisconsin on Holy Ghost Parish grounds are the works of Father Matthias Wernerus, a Catholic Priest, Pastor of the Parish from 1918 to 1931. His handiwork in stone, built from 1925-1930, is dedicated to the unity of two great American ideals-love of God and love of Country. These religious and patriotic shrines were constructed without the use of blueprints.
136 The National Shrine of Saint Philomena Shrines W. 8650 State Road 23 Briggsville Wisconsin 53920 Saint Philomena has found a secondary home in the United States of America, in the state of Wisconsin, in a village called Briggsville. Wisconsin is a state that is farther north than some areas of Canada. Briggsville is a village founded in 1854, a time when the American Indian tribes of Menomonee and Winnebago inhabited the area. It is a tiny fishing resort with a few hundred people, located in the Diocese of Madison.
135 Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help Shrines 4047 Chapel Drive New Franken Wisconsin 54229 On Oct. 9, 1859, Adele Brice, a young Belgian woman said the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to her at Champion in Brown County, northeast of Green Bay. She said Mary asked her to teach religion to children. Soon, her father built a chapel on the site and Adele started a school and a community of women to teach in it. Through the years the Chapel had to be enlarged several times to it's present size to accommodate the large number of Pilgrims attracted to the site of the only Apparition of The Blessed Virgin Mary in the United States. Bishop Ricken approves Marian apparitions at Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help GREEN BAY, Wis. (December 8, 2010) -- Bishop David Ricken announced today that he officially approves the Marian apparitions at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help at Champion.
134 The National Shrine of Saint Joseph Shrines 1016 N. Broadway De Pere WI 54115 The National Shrine of Saint Joseph is located in DePere WI, a few miles from the city of Green Bay. The Shrine is in the care of the Norbertine Order, and is housed at St. Norbert Abbey, DePere, WI. The Shrine was originally located at St. Joseph Church in DePere, WI. In the late 1800s, inspired by a deep devotion to the foster-father of Jesus Christ, then-Pastor Father Joseph Durin began work to have a statue of St. Joseph crowned and declared a national shrine. In 1891, Father Durin, supported by more than 30 bishops and thousands of lay people, embarked on a quest to present his petition for a national shrine to the Vatican for official approval. Father Durin
133 La Salette Missionaries and Shrine Shrines 10330 336th Ave Twin Lakes Wisconsin 53181 The land was purchased in 1966 to establish a Shrine of reconciliation. The Shrine was under construction through the years and completed in 1980. The farm buildings were remodeled and now serve as the chapel, religious publication office, meeting and dinning hall.
132 Archdiocesan Marian Shrine Shrines 141 N. 68th Street Milwaukee WI 53213 We received an e-mail about this shrine a couple of years ago and could not find any information about it other than the address. So now we have had the opportunity to visit it and it's really worth the trip! It's in a residential area and very well maintained. The idea of having a shrine in this type of setting is great. The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is to be commended for their foresight.
131 Shrine of our Lady of Guadalupe Shrines 5250 Justin Road La Crosse Wisconsin 54601 One of the newest shrines in the United States, the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wisconsin, opened to the public in December 2002. It is located on 70 acres of beautiful wooded bluff land and the many areas of prayer and devotion include a half-mile long tree-lined footpath that leads visitors from the Pilgrim Center to the Mother of Good Council Votive Candle Chapel and on to the outdoor Stations of the Cross walk as well as to the construction site of the Shrine Chuch. Many other devotional areas and facilities will be added soon. This serene setting honors the Blessed Virgin Mary under her titles of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of Ame rica, Star of the New Evangelization, and Patroness of the Unborn.
130 Holy Hill Mary Help of Christians Shrines 1525 Carmel Road Hubertus WI 53033 Holy Hill has quite a history, it started when Marquette erected a cross on the peak and then in 1855, Fr. Francis Pauhuber purchased the site and erected a 15-foot wooden cross. A small chapel was built in 1863 and dedicated to Mary Help of Christians. In 1906 the Discalced Carmelites of Bavaria took over and in 1931 built a new church and monastery.
129 Saint Anne's Shrine Shrines 92 St Annes Rd Isle La Motte VT 05463 St. Anne's Shrine is on Isle La Motte in Lake Champlain at the original site of Fort St. Anne, Vermont's oldest settlement. It is operated by the Edmundite Fathers and Brothers and is open from May thru October with daily Mass.
128 Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto Shrines 512 Blanco Road San Antonio TX 78216 Dedicated on December 7, 1941. To honor their patroness, the Oblates of Mary Immaculate of the Southern U.S. Province erected the Grotto, the most perfect replica in America of the original Shrine in Lourdes, France. It has become the spiritual center of the Missionary Association of Mary Immaculate and Oblate Missions.
127 Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan Del Valle National Shrine Shrines 400 North Virgen de San Juan Blvd. San Juan Texas 78589 The origins of the devotion to Our Lady of San Juan are found in San Juan de los Lagos, Mexico, a town founded near Guadalajara after the Spanish conquest of Mexico. Spanish missionaries placed a small image of the Immaculate Conception in the church of San Juan de los Lagos.
126 Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe Shrines 2215 Ross Ave. Dallas Texas 75201-2707 The Cathedral is both the Mother Church of our diocese and a parish church with more than 25,000 families. The Cathedral operates a social outreach program and sponsors adult education classes.
125 National Shrine of the Little Flower Shrines 906 Kentucky Ave. San Antonio TX 78201 Saint Therese the "Little Flower" was canonized in 1925 and this shrine was dedicated to her in 1931. It was built and directed by the Discalced Carmelite Fathers. The shrine contains the 10'x7' painting of St. Therese that was used in her canonization.
124 Shrine of Our Lady Virgin of the Poor Shrines 704 Holly Avenue South Pittsburg TN 37380 This Shrine of Our Lady Virgin of the Poor is a replica of the original shrine in Banneaux, Belgium, which marks the site of a 1933 apparition of Mary, and is the only one in the United States dedicated to Our Lady Virgin of the Poor. It was hand made by local craftsmen under the direction of Fr. Basil Mattingly, a Benedictine monk. Photo's are not yet available.
123 The House of Mary Shrine Shrines 142 Drees Drive Yankton SD 57078 The House of Mary Shrine is located 5 miles west of Yankton, SD. Three crosses tower above from a bluff overlooking Lewis and Clark Lake. The bluff is similar to unnumbered other bluffs near Gavins Point Dam with its panoramic view below, while eagles soar above, and wildlife flourishes. There is much more to this bluff however, as the three giant crosses stand, sentinel reminders of the life and death of Jesus Christ. Down the slope, other surprises await
122 Mid-America's Fatima Family Shrine Shrines 220 W 5th St Alexandria SD 57311 The shrine honoring the Holy Family and the Holy Eucharist was the fulfillment of the dream of Fr. Robert J. Fox, founder of the Fatima Family Apostolate, which is recognized by the Pontifical Council for the Family. In 1987 he built the outdoor shrine for Mass and candlelight processions, using royalties from his many books and articles written over 30 years.
121 Shrine of Our Lady of South Carolina, Our Lady of Joyful Hope Shrines 330 E Main Street Kingstree SC 29556 When it was announced at the beginning of 2003 that there would be a Diocesan Celebration of the Year of the Rosary in October of that year, Bishop Robert Baker was asked by Fr. Stan Smolenski if the diocese could be entrusted/consecrated to Our Lady and if an icon of Our Lady of South Carolina could be commissioned for that occasion. The Bishop gave his permission. Fr. Smolenski sent a sketch to Fr. Larry Lossing of the diocese of Orlando, FL, an expert heraldry and church art. His experience includes art work for the film industry in Hollywood as well. Fr. Lossing donated the icon which he brought to the celebration in Lexington, SC on 5 October 2003. The icon was kept at the St. Katherine Drexel Volunteer Residence on Wentworth St. in Charleston until it acquired its shrine in Kingstree. The leader of the first pilgrims expressed the sentiments of many of them so well: "I cannot go to Lourdes, Fatima or Medjugorje, but I can come to Our Lady of South Carolina, Our Lady of Joyful Hope.
120 The Shrine of the Little Flower Shrines 35 Dion Drive Nasonville RI 02830 This Shrine was the first one in the United States dedicated to Saint Theresa of the Child Jesus. It began in 1923. Through the years in adition to the church, rectory and school they also built an outdoor altar, Stations of the Cross and a beautiful 15 decade living Rosary with a statue of Our Lady of Peace on top of a fountain.
119 Saint Maria Goretti Shrine Shrines 42 Redwood Dr Wilkes-Barre PA 18702 The Shrine of Saint Maria Goretti is located at Saint Maria Goretti Church in Laflin, PA. Saint Maria Goretti was murdered when she was 12 years old.
118 Saint Jude Church and Shrine Shrines 321 West Butler Avenue Chalfont PA 18914 This Saint Jude Shrine was not in any of our books or on any of our maps and we were traveling from New Jersey to Doylestown, PA to Our Lady of Czestochowa Shrine when there it was "Saint Jude Church and Shrine". Needless to say, we turned that motor home around and went right back. The Shrine is very nice and appears to be quite active. It's only 5 miles from Our Lady of Czestochowa Shrine and now there's no excuse for passing it by.
117 Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Shrines 10 West Main Street Uniontown PA 15401 The Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help is in Mount St. Macrina Retreat Center, a mansion built in 1902. The shrine is staffed by the Sisters of the Order of St. Basil the Great, a Byzantine Rite Community.
116 Basilica of the National Shrine of Saint Anne Shrines 1229 Saint Ann Street Scranton PA 18504 Saint Ann Basilica, Passionist's Monastery/Spiritual Center and Saint Anne Shrine are located high on a hill overlooking Scranton. The Passionist Fathers came to this hill in 1902 and have been here since proclaiming our faith. This is a very beautiful place for a visit or pilgrimage. St. Anne's place in the life of Jesus takes on a more special meaning as we venture through the grand parenting years our selves.
115 ST. Anthony's Chapel Shrine of Many Relics Shrines 1704 Harpster Street Pittsburg PA 15212 Dedication of the chapel took place on the Feast of St. Anthony, June 13, 1883. The most venerated of the relics is that of St. Anthony, but in addition, there are more than 4000 relics of the saints and blessed contained in 800 plus ornate cases in the chapel.
114 Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Shrines 475 East Chelten Ave. Philadelphia PA 19144-5785 Built by the Members of the Central Association of the Miraculous Medal it's primary purpose is to promote devotions to Mary Immaculate through the Miraculous Medal. To date, the association has distributed more than 75 million Miraculous Medals and 40 million booklets telling the story of the Medal and containing the Medal Novena prayers. This is a "Do it" shrine - last year they distributed more than $300,000 to the poor and needy. In fact it was almost $1000 a day and yes, they do accept donations. They have really taken St. James' message to heart, "Faith without works is dead".
113 National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia Shrines 1166 South Broad St. Philadelphia PA 19146 St. Rita of Cascia was canonized in 1900 and seven years later the Augustinian Friars established a shrine in her honor. St. Rita is known best for forgiveness, reconciliation and peace. The Peacemaker. The shrine staff invites you to visit daily 8:30am to 8:45pm, closing with Benedicition.
112 Shrine of the Sacred Heart Shrines 1 Church Pl. Harleigh PA 18225 This is the largest outdoor shrine in America devoted to the Sacred Heart and everything here is beautiful. We spent several hours walking, praying and taking pictures. The shrine is built on the side of a hill and has five plateaus. The focal point is the statue of the Sacred Heart made of Carrara marble with a huge crown over the whole setting. It serves as the National Headquarters of the Men of the Sacred Heart and also as the Diocesan Office for Apostleship of Prayer (League of the Sacred Heart).
111 National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa (Chen-sto-hova) Shrines 654 Ferry Road Doylestown PA 18901 Dedicated on October 16, 1966 (President L.B. Johnson was one of the speakers) to commemorate 1000 years of Poland's Christianity (966), it is located in Bucks County on top of Beacon Hill. The Marian Shrine was originally housed in a barn which still stands on the property near the rear of the cemetery which has some of the most beautiful grave stones we have ever seen. Presently they are constructing a new building and making major improvements to the grounds.
110 Saint Katharine Drexel Shrine Shrines 1663 Bristol Pike Bensalem PA 19020-8502 Pope John Paul II Cannonized Saint Katharine Drexel on October 1, 2000. Saint Katharine Drexel Shrine is at the Motherhouse of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament in Bensalem, PA. She was pronounced Blessed by Pope John Paul II in November 1988. Saint Katharine served the poor Native Americans and African Americans from 1891 until her death in 1955 at age 96. She is buried at the Blessed Katharine Drexel Shrine.
109 National Shrine Centre Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of the Americas Shrines 501 Ridge Avenue Allentown PA 18102 St. John Neumann founded the first Catholic parish in Allentown, PA which he called The Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is now the National Shrine Centre. The steeple is 185 feet high and can be seen from miles away. There are sixteen painted and stained glass windows depicting the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary and one of The Sacred Heart of Jesus.
108 National Shrine of St. John Neumann St. Peter The Apostle Church Shrines 1019 North Fifth Street Philadelphia PA 19123 If you have ever wanted to see a real Saint, then come to St. Peter The Apostle Church in Philadelphia and right there in the altar is St. John Neumann. On the stained glass window below is a quote from Pope Benedict XV.
107 National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother - The Grotto Shrines 8840 NE Skidmore St Portland OR 97220 Servite Fr. Ambrose Mayer, OSM founded the shrine as an act of gratitude to God for an answer to a prayer for his mother. She was close to death as a result of childbirth. Fr. Mayer, a boy at the time, promised to do something great for God if his mother survived. The Grotto is 62 acres of shrines, gardens, pathways and ponds. Pictures are not yet available.
106 National Shrine of the Infant Jesus of Prague Shrines 304 Jim Thorpe Blvd Prague OK 74864 In the early 40's the Catholics in Prague, OK were in need of a new church and were hard pressed to find the necessary funds. The pastor, Fr. George V. Johnson pledged to the Infant Jesus of Prague that he would build a shrine to honor him if the funding were forth coming. In 1949 the new St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church was completed and dedicated to the Infant Jesus of Prague.
105 National Shrine of Saint Dymphna Shrines 3000 Erie Street South Massillon Ohio 44648-0004 National Shrine of St. Dymphna (pronounced Dimf-nah) is located on the grounds of the Heartland Behavioral Healthcare (formerly Massillon State Hospital) and was the first Church in America dedicated in her honor. She is the patroness of those afflicted with mental and nervous disorders. Although many have never heard of St. Dymphna, she is becoming increasingly popular during these days of worry, fear and tension. Then, too, there are few people in the world who are not at some time or another troubled with their nerves.
104 Our Lady of Toledo Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Shrine Shrines 655 South Coy Road Oregon Ohio 43616 The shrine grounds include the following, Shrine house, Stone Shrine, Michaelangelo Pieta Bronze Sculpture, Pedestrian Bridge, Parking lot, Stations of the Cross and Rosary Walk, Garden of the Lambs, Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto and LADY of Hope Home renovations. This shrine is for the safety of the unborn child and the new born, in addition to aiding the mothers in caring for their babies and adoption services when needed.
103 Shrine of Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Shrines 517 S Belle Vista Ave Youngstown OH 44509 The Shrine of Our Lady, Comforter of the Afflicted was established in Youngstown, Ohio by Hungarian Franciscans who fled their homeland shortly after World War II. The shrine is a replica of the original shrine in Transylvania, Hungary, which was closed by the Communist regime. Pictures are not yet available.
102 National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon Shrines 2759 North Lipkey Road North Jackson OH 44451 The National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon is a replica of the original shrine in Harissa, Lebanon. This shrine is Maronite Rite Catholic and was established in 1963 to bring together Lebanese, Syrians and Americans through the intercession of Our Lady of Lebanon.
101 The Shrine and Church of Mariapoch Shrines 17486 Mumford Road Burton OH 44021 This shrine was established in 1956 and is located one mile north of Route 422 on Mumford Road. The shrine is a duplicate of the original Shrine of Mariapoch in Hungary. Pictures are not yet available.
100 Shrine of Our Lady of Levocha Shrines 1160 Broadway (SR 14) Bedford OH 44146 This shrine was established in 1930 and is located on the grounds of the Vincentian Sisters of Charity of the Diocese of Cleveland, OH. It is the only National Shrine of Our Lady of Levocha in America. The statue of Our Lady of Levocha was carved from the wood of an apple tree. Pictures are not yet available.
99 Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine & Grotto Shrines 21281 Chardon Road Euclid OH 44117-1591 This Shrine and Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes is a copy of the original Shrine in Lourdes, France. The Grotto was dedicated on Trinity Sunday, May 30, 1926. Originally started by the Good Sheperd Sisters, in the fall of 1952 it became home to the Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity and they operate it today. Mass: Weekdays either 7:00A.M. or 5:00 P.M. Saturdays & Sundays at the Shrine Chapel 8:00 A.M.
98 Saint Paul Shrine Shrines 4120 Euclid Ave Cleveland OH 44103 Established in 1931 as the Church of the Conversion of St. Paul and Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament, the church came to be known simply as St. Paul Shrine. The Monastery of the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration is attached to the shrine. Pictures are not yet available.
97 Sorrowful Mother Shrine Shrines 4106 State Route #269 Bellevue OH 44881 The shrine was founded in 1850 on four acres. It now encompasses 140 acres, accommodating the Stations of the Cross, ten grottoes, various statues and more than a mile of paved paths. The grottoes are of Lourdes, Sepulchre, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Assumption, Fatima and Our Lady of Czestochowa.
96 Our Lady of Consolation Basilica and National Shrine Shrines 315 Clay Street Carey OH 43316 The Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation opened in 1875 and dedicated to Mary, Consoler of the Afflicted. Thousands of pilgrims come here annually to seek Her Aid. The present church was built in 1925 and in 1971 Pope Paul VI designated it a minor basilica. The shrine is a noted location for the healing of body, mind and spirit through the intercession of Our Lady of Consolation. The shrine is open 24/7.
95 National Marian Shrine of Holy Relics Shrines 2291 St. John's Road Maria Stein OH 45860 The Maria Stein Heritage Museum and the National Marian Shrine of the Holy Relics serve as the focal point for the history of the Roman Catholic Church and the early settlers to America's original frontier. Owned and operated by the Sisters of the Precious Blood, the Museum and the Shrine exist as a part of the Sisters' overall ministry of service to the community.
94 National Shrine of Saint Anthony Shrines 5000 Colerain Ave. Cincinnati OH 45223 The National Shrine of St. Anthony is a Roman Catholic shrine in Cincinnati, Ohio run by the Franciscan Friars of the Province of St. John the Baptist. The cornerstone was laid and blessed in August 1888. Located at 5000 Colerain Avenue,the National Shrine includes a first-class relic of St. Anthony consecrated in 1889 and continues to remain a place for daily prayer, contemplation and the weekly Novena to St. Anthony.
93 Our Lady of Fatima Shrine Shrines 1023 Swann Road Youngstown NY 14174-0167 Our Lady of Fatima Shrine and Basilica in Youngstown, NY was built by the Barnabite Fathers in an effort to bring to the United States some of the beauty and charm of the original Fatima, Portugal Shrine. It was begun in 1954 and now covers several acres.
92 International Shrine of the Holy Innocents Project, Buffalo Shrines
91 Holy Dormition (Assumption) Grotto Shrines 150 Sisters Servant Lane Sloatsburg NY 10974-9617 The Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate (Ukrainian Byzantine) operate and maintain both an indoor and outdoor shrine to Our Lady-The Holy Dormition (Assumption). Visitors are welcome to the outdoor shrine anytime, but must call for reservations for the indoor shrine.
90 Shrine of Our Lady of the Island Shrines 258 Eastport-Manor Rd Manorville NY 11949 The Shrine, a 25 ton statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, sets atop an 18 foot pedestal of rocks facing the Atlantic Ocean. It is built on 70 acres of land donated by Mr. Crescenzo Vigliotta, Sr. for a shrine to honor Mary, Mother of God.
89 Holy Infant Jesus Shrine Shrines 3452 Niagara Falls Blvd. North Tonawanda NY 14120 The Infant Jesus statue, venerated in the shrine, is a replica of the renowned original statue revered at San Salvatore in Onda Church, in Rome, since the times of St. Vincent Pallotti. The Holy Infant Jesus Shrine is not a parish church. It is a house of prayer and worship for everyone.
88 St. Frances Cabrini Shrine Shrines 701 Fort Washington Ave. New York NY 10040 The chapel was built in 1959 as a shrine for Mother Cabrini's body which is in a crystal coffin under the main altar. She was Canonized January 11, 1944 by Pope Pius XII. Mass is held week days and Sunday and the shrine is open year around.
87 National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Shrines 70 Carmelite Drive Middletown NY 10940 In 1990 this shrine that was originally in New York City was transferred to Middletown. The Carmelites offer this Shrine for prayer, study, reflection and pilgrimage and everyone is welcome.
86 Our Lady of Victory Basilica and National Shrine Shrines 767 Ridge Road Lackawanna NY 14218 Locally this Shrine is lovingly called Farther Baker's Shrine. Fr. Baker was a priest from 1876 till his death in 1936 and the list of things that he did for the Buffalo area and Western New York State are almost endless. Even today if someone wants to start a new ministry they have to first look to see if Fr. Baker hasn't already got it going, but maybe under a different name. We were raised hearing first hand all of the good things he did. Our Lady of Victory National Shrine and Basilica were built under the leadership of "The Servant of God, Fr. Nelson R. Baker" in 1921 and is now a minor basilica.
85 Saint Jude Shrine Shrines 975 Ridge Road Lewiston NY 14092
84 National Shrine of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Shrines 3628 State Highway 5 Fonda NY 12068 Kateri Tekakwitha was born in Auriesville, NY in 1656 to an Algonquin mother and a Mohawk Indian Chief father. She was baptized a Christian in 1676 by a Jesuit and spent the balance of her short life (24 years) helping her people. She was declared Blessed by Pope John Paul II in 1980 and is the patroness of peace and ecology. Amen, Amen, October 11, 2012 we now have SAINT KATERI TEKAKWITHA
83 Our Lady, Help of Christians Shrine Shrines 4125 Union Road Cheektowaga NY 14225 Joseph Batt promised to build a shrine in memory of Our Lady, Help of Christians when he and his family were saved from a storm while crossing the Atlantic in 1836. There is a large outdoor shrine built from local fieldstone. The shrine is on a major highway and we saw many people taking their lunch break there . It's a "People Shrine".
82 Sacred Heart Diocesan Shrine Shrines 5337 Genesee Street (Route 33) Bowmansville NY 14026 The Scared Heart Diocesan Shrine, made from local fieldstone, is one-and-one-half stories high and was built by the men of the parish in 1926 (Immaculate Conception portion) and in 1927 (Sacred Heart portion). The park like setting makes for a very peaceful place to pray and meditate. Located on a busy highway, it offers refuge to weary drivers.
81 The National Shrine of The North American Martyrs Shrines 136 Shrine Rd Fultonville NY 12072 The Martyrs Shrine was begun back in 1885 as a monument to the first saints of North America that were canonized-and the birthplace of Blessed Kateri Takekwitha who was proclaimed Blessed by Pope John Paul II in 1980. The Shrine is also the Center of Devotion to the Blessed Mother Mary because it was here on these Holy Grounds of Auriesville that the first recorded recitation of the Rosary took place on September 29, 1642 in what is now "New York State". The Shrine and grounds are in need of major repairs now and need the help of all of us - Please send any donations to Father John Marzolf, Director, National Shrine of North American Martyrs, Noeltner Road, Auriesville, NY 12016
80 National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians Shrines 174 Filors Lane Stony Point New York 10980 The Salesians of Don Bosco built a rosary way here in 1954. Fifteen life-size marble statues were placed along a wooded path. Additional items were added that include a 48-foot bronze Rosary Madonna statue, the altar of Mary outdoor cathedral, grottos depicting the apparitions at Fatima and Lourdes.
79 El Santuario de Chimayo The Shrine of Our Lord of Esquipulas Shrines 15 Santuario Drive Chimayo NM 87522 El Santuario De Nuestro Senor De Esquipulas [in/near Chimayo, NM], at the s.e. end of town. Legend maintains that a farmer, instructed by a vision to dig beneath his plow for earth endowed with healing powers, uncovered a cross and piece of cloth belonging to two priests martyred on the spot. The farmer placed the cross within a crude adobe chapel he built in 1816. Many pilgrims come to partake of the supposedly curative earth found in a pit inside the chapel, which is lined with cast-off crutches and braces. Daily 9-5. Free.
78 Shrine of the Immaculate Heart of Mary The Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima Shrines 674 Mountain View Road East Washington NJ 08802 The Shrine of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is located in tranquil Warren County, New Jersey. Built in 1978 by the Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima, the Shrine has become a center of Eucharistic and Marian devotion and offers pilgrims a peaceful setting for prayer and meditation. It is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Fatima Message. Pilgrims are encouraged to learn and live this vital message of prayer, conversion, reparation and consecration that can bring world peace. On the 13th of each month, from May through October, the anniversary of each of the six apparitions of Mary is commemorated with a special Mass to Our Lady of Fatima. Preceding the Mass, pilgrims pray together in a traditional Rosary procession. The day is concluded with the Portuguese farewell to Our Lady.
77 Rosary Shrine (Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary) Shrines 543 Springfiel Ave. (C.R. 512) Summit NJ 07901 Rosary Shrine at the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary began in 1919 for perpetual adoration of the eucharist and the rosary with fourteen sisters from Union City. Through the years it has grown to the beautiful, peaceful place of worship it is today.
76 Saint Joseph Shrine Shrines 1050 Long Hill Rd. Stirling NJ 07980 This lovely Shrine is built high on a hill for all to see. We made a few wrong turns getting there and missed Mass but we were the first ones for coffee and donuts. I haven't figured out the message in that yet. Founded in 1924 by Fr. Thomas Augustine Judge, the founder of Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity, it serves as a place of retreat, pilgrimage and spiritual refuge. The main celebrations each year are the Feasts of Saint Joseph and Saint Anthony.
75 National Shrine of Saint Gerard Shrines 118 Seventh Ave. Newark NJ 07104 The feast to St. Gerard in the United States was started in St. Lucy's Parish in 1899 by a group from Caposele, Italy. In 1977, St. Girard's chapel in St. Lucy's Church was dedicated as a national shrine. St. Girard is best known for his "motherhood" miracles.
74 Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette Shrines 410 New Hampshire 4A Enfield NH 03748 Founded in 1951, the Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, near Lake Mascoma, NH, is a place of prayer and meditation in a unique, natural setting of peace and beauty. On the shrine grounds are a replica of the apparititon site at La Salette in France, a rosary pond, outdoor Stations of the Cross, the Calvary scene with Holy Stairs, and a peace walk.
73 Shrine of Our Lady of Grace Shrines 1993 Us Route 3 Colebrook NH 03576 This shrine was established in 1948 as a tribute to Our Lady of Grace. The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate were celebrating their twenty-fifth anniversary and built the shrine as a thank you for the countless blessings she had bestowed on them.
72 Shrine of St Joseph Shrines 1220 N 11th St St Louis MO 63106 Beginning in 1843 the Jesuits founded the parish to serve a community consisting mostly of German immigrants. Also, the church is the site of the only authenticated miracle in the Midwest. In recent years a complete restoration has taken place. Hundreds of people joined forces to make it happen. They have done a magnificent job!
71 Shrine of Saint Philippine Duchesne Shrines 619 North Second Street St. Charles MO 63301 Saint Philippine Duchesne was born in France in 1769. She served during the French Revolution helping the sick and the poor. After becomming a Nun of the Society of the Sacred Heart, she came to New Orleans in 1818 and then went to St. Charles, MO. where she opened a school, later a convent, and an orphanage. When she was seventy-two she started a school for the Potawatomi Indians.
70 National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Shrines 1811 West St. Joseph Street Perryville MO 63775-1598 The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal is located in St. Mary's of the Barrens Historic District, established in 1818. The shrine chapel was built in 1930 for the one hundredth anniversary of the apparition of Saint Mary to St. Catherine Labour'e in Paris.
69 National Shrine of The Apostle Paul Shrines 239 Selby Avenue Saint Paul MN 55102 The Cathedral of Saint Paul was designated as the National Shrine in honor of the Apostle Paul by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on March 25, 2009.
68 National Shrine of Saint Odilia Shrines 104 Crosier Dr Onamia MN 56359 In 1952 The Crosier Fathers and Brothers established this shrine when a major relic of Saint Odilia was brought here to Onamia, MN. Saint Odilia has promised to shower a stream of graces upon the Crosier Fathers and upon all those who invoke her aid in their hour of need. It is a practice of the Crosier Order to bless water in honor of Saint Odilia by dipping her relic in it and asking God to give it power against all diseases and bodily infirmities. Through her intercession, many are cured, especially from ailments of the eyes.
67 Shrine of St. Jude (St. Domonic's Church) Shrines 4844 Trumbull Detroit MI 48208
66 National Shrine of the Little Flower Shrines 2123 Roseland Ave. Royal Oak Detroit MI 48073 The National Shrine of the Little Flower Catholic Church site is a resource for information about the Shrine Church located in Royal Oak, Michigan. It is one of the first churches in the world and the first church in North America dedicated in the honor of St. Therese of Lisieux.
65 Shrine of Saint Anne Shrines 1000 St. Anne Street Detroit MI 48216 This shrine has been approved by Rome as one of the shrines of Saint Anne. It is the oldest parish in Detroit and began in 1701, the same year the city was founded. Father Gabriel Richard (1767-1832) is buried in the church. Under the direction of The Basilian Fathers the parish is really making things happen in the neighborhood, Phase 11 of house building has begun. Eleven new homes are beginning to take shape. (Eleven were built in Phase 1.) Also, work has started to prepare the ground for a 65 unit senior citizen complex one block from the church. In addition, the Bagley Housing Association is helping to rehabilitate 25 older homes in the neighborhood. Things are looking good.
64 Our Lady of Loreto Church & Shrine Shrines 33 Massasoit Road Worcester MA 01604 Our Lady of Loreto Shrine is modeled after the Holy House located in Loreto, Italy. The Shrine is open daily and accommodates approximately 25 people for quiet meditation.
63 The National Shrine of Divine Mercy Shrines 2 Prospect Hill Road Eden Hill Stockbridge MA 01262 Divine Mercy and the Diary of St. Faustina: Christ's message in His revelations to St. Faustina was that this is a time for mercy. The times we live in, more than any other in history, call for a great outpouring of the mercy of God. As a result, the revelations to Faustina became known as "The Message of Divine Mercy" and Jesus received a new title -- "The Divine Mercy" -- similar to "The Sacred Heart" as a renaming of Jesus himself.
62 Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Shrines 1545 Tremont Street Roxbury MA 02120 The Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help was constructed in 1871 and a magnificent altar of Carrara marble, in honor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, was built as it's centerpiece. The church was named a basilca in 1954 by Pope Pius XII. Today, more than 100 years later, devotions in honor of the Mother of Perpetual Help are held at the shrine every Wednesday. We "Open Wide the Doors" to welcome everyone to this shrine.
61 Saint Joseph the Worker Shrine Shrines 37 Lee Street Lowell MA 01852 The Parish of St. Joseph was established in 1868 by Fr. Andr'e Marie Garin, OMI, to serve the needs of immigrants working in Lowell's mills. Over the years it evolved into a "Workers' Shrine". It was rededicated by Richard Cardinal Cushing on the Feast of the Ascension, May 10, 1956 to Saint Joseph, Patron of Workers.
60 Our Lady of Fatima Shrine Shrines 101 Summer Street Holliston MA 01746 Our Lady of Fatima Shrine was established by the Xaverian Missionaries in 1950. It has become a center of prayer, meditation and devotion to Our Lady. The central part of the shrine portrays the apparitions of Our Lady which took place in Fatima, Portugal in 1917.
59 St. Therese of Lisieux Shrine Saint Mary of the Hills Shrines 630 Cross Street Boylston MA 01505 This outdoor shrine was constructed in 1997 to commemorate the Centenary of the death of St. Therese and coincided with her proclamations as a Doctor of the Church.
58 Saint Anne Shrine Shrines 16 Church Street Fiskdale MA 01518 This parish was formed by the union of two missions in 1887 and soon afterward a partial healing took place on the feast of St. Anne. The following year on the same day the healing was completed and the parishioners formed a procession in thanksgiving to God for this favor obtained through the intercession of St. Anne. In 1955 the Shrine and Parish came under the care of the Assumptionists and in 1971 they brought in their collection of Russian icons for all to view (bottom picture).
57 Madonna, Queen of the Universe National Shrine Shrines 111 Orient Ave. East Boston MA 02128 This Shrine was founded by the Don Orione Fathers in 1954 and overlooks Logan Airport. It was built to fulfill the desires of Don Orione that beside every work of charity (The Don Orione Home for the Elderly) there would be a work of faith. The 35' statue of the Blessed Mother was created by Italian-Jewish sculptor Arrigo Minerbi.
56 Saint Clement Eucharistic Shrine Shrines 1105 Boylston Street Boston MA 02215 Established May 3, 1945 as the official Archdiocesan Shrine for Eucharistic Adoration. Mass and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament daily. The shrine is staffed by the Oblates of the Virgin Mary and serves as their house of formation and seminary.
55 La Salette Shrine Shrines 947 Park Street Route 118 Attleboro MA 02703 This Marian Shrine opened on December 8, 1953 in memory of Mary's apparition in La Salette, France on September 19, 1846.
54 Saint Anne Parish & Shrine Shrines 818 Middle Street Fall River MA 02721 St. Anne Parish was founded in 1869 to serve the French-Canadian immigrants of Greater Fall River. The original church was on Hunter Street. Fr. Charles Bernard Sauval, who became pastor in 1891, organized pilgrimages to St. Anne Church.
53 Shrine of Saint Anthony Shrines 12290 Folly Quarter Rd Ellicott City MD 21042
52 Archdiocesan Shrine for Divine Mercy Shrines 408 S. Chester St. Baltimore MD 21231 The Archdiocesan Shrine for Divine Mercy, Holy Rosary Church - Baltimore Divine Mercy and the Diary of St. Faustina: Christ's message in His revelations to St. Faustina was that this is a time for mercy. The times we live in, more than any other in history, call for a great outpouring of the mercy of God. As a result, the revelations to Faustina became known as "The Message of Divine Mercy" and Jesus received a new title -- "The Divine Mercy" -- similar to "The Sacred Heart" as a renaming of Jesus himself.
51 Saint Anthony Shrine Shrines 16150 St. Anthony Rd. Emmitsburg MD. 21727 Just off U.S. 15, Emmitsburg, MD, on the road to the statue of Our Lady, high on the moutain, at the National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes is Saint Anthony Shrine.
50 St. Francis Xavier Shrine Old Bohemia Shrines 1699 Church Rd Warwick MD 21912 In 1704, the Jesuits founded St. Francis of Xavier as the center for new mission activity east of the Chesapeake Bay. The original boundaries of it's mission activity included the present Diocese of Wilmington and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
49 National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes Shrines 16300 Old Emmitsburg Rd Emmitsburg MD 21727 Above the lovely valley of Emmitsburg, MD, situated high on a mountainside overlooking Mount St. Mary's campus and the Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, a statue of Our Lady rises atop the Pangborn Memorial Campanile. In addition to the campanile and grotto lie an exquisite rosary walk and the Stations of the Cross.
48 Basilica of the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Shrines 339 South Seton Avenue Emmitsburg MD 21727-9297 On September 14, 1975, Pope John Paul VI Proclaimed Elizabeth Ann Seton a saint-the first American-born citizen to be given this honor by the Catholic Church. Shrine sites include a very beautiful basilica, the original stone house where she established her religious community in 1809, and the white house where she began the Catholic Parochial School System in 1810.
47 Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Shrines 409 Cathedral Street Baltimore MD 21201 The Basilica is first cathedral in the United States and the mother church of Catholicism in the nation. This great cathedral was the site of the first seven provincial councils and three plenary councils in our country. During the Synod of Baltimore in 1791, was the declaration of the Blessed Virgin Mary as patroness of the diocese and the fixing of August 15, the feast of the Assumption, as the feast day of the diocese. A major restoration was completed in November 2006.
46 St. Jude Shrine Shrines 309 North Paca St. Baltimore MD 21201 St. Jude Shrine was built by the Pallottine priests and brothers begining in 1917. Since then a regular schedule of novena services has been held.
45 International Shrine of Saint Jude Shrines 411 N. Rampart Street New Orleans Louisiana 70112 St. Jude Shrine is located in the oldest surviving church in New Orleans and is on the edge of the Historic French Quarter. The chapel was first used as a mortuary chapel during the yellow-fever epidemic of 1827. Since 1918 the Oblates of Mary Immaculate have cared for the chapel. In 1935 the first St. Jude devotions were started and to date thousands of pilgrims have visited the shrine to pray. The shrine also serves as the memorial chapel for the New Orleans police and fire departments.
44 National Votive Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor Shrines 2701 State Street New Orleans LA 70118 The chapel on the campus of Ursuline Academy in New Orleans was designated the National Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor on January 8, 1924. Established in New Orleans in 1727, the Ursulin Academy was the first educational institution for women in the United States and is almost as old as the city itself.
43 Saint Anne National Shrine Shrines 4920 Loveland St. Metairie LA 70006 The National Shrine of St.Ann was established on May 18, 1926 at the St. Ann Church. The shrine was transferred to a new parish in Metairie and dedicated July 24, 1977 There is a Grotto-like structure in the center of the shrine grounds for prayers and devotions.
42 Shrine of Saint John Berchmans Shrines 1821 Academy Road Grand Coteau LA 70541 Blessed John Berchmans appeard to a novice of the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1866 and through his intercession, a local woman, Mary Wilson was miraculously cured of a disease. The infirmary where the miracle occured was converted into a chapel and is the only place in the United States where the exact spot of a miraculous occurrence has been preserved as a shrine. The Academy of the Sacred Heart, located on the grounds and founded in 1821, is the oldest continously operated of the more than 200 Sacred Heart schools in the world.
41 Lourdes Rosary Shrine Shrines 1104 S. Sixth Street Louisville KY 40203-3395 The Lourdes Rosary Shrine is located in the Church of St. Louis Bertrand in Louisville, Kentucky, and is conducted by the Dominican Friars. The shrine resembles the grotto at Lourdes, France, where, in 1858, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared eighteen times to the child Bernadette. This is a picture of St. Bernadette in her coffin. When the story of Our Lady of Lourdes and Bernadette became known in the United States, the faithful in Louisville wanted to express their love for the Mother of God. Our Lourdes Rosary Shrine Grotto was the result. It was erected in 1884, only twenty-six years after the miraculous apparitions to St. Bernadette, and is one of the earliest grotto shrines in the United States.
40 Shrine of Saint Anne Shrines 1274 Parkway Covington KY 41011 The shrine was established in 1888 by Rev. Louis G. Clermont after he secured relics of St. Anne. On July 18, 1888 a novena was started for nine days ending on July 26th, the Feast of Saints Anne and Joachim with a candlelight procession through the West Covington neighborhood. This tradition continues today.
39 The Shrine of The Little Flower Shrines 11 Temple Place Southgate KY 41071 This Shrine was established in 1928. A Perpetual Novena was inaugurated at this shrine in honor of The Little Flower, as were five annual special novena services. The reliquary includes three first-class relics of St. Therese.
38 Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrines 617 East Main Street Carlisle KY 40311 This Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe was founded in 1902 as St. John Church. In 1962 Bishop Ackerman renamed the parish "Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe". The present shrine was dedicated on the Feast of the Assumption in 1982.
37 Shrine of Mary, Mother of The Church Shrines 434 Church Street Bowling Green KY 42101 This Marian Shrine - Mary, Mother of the Church and Model of All Christians is located on the grounds of St. Joseph's Catholic Church. The church has been here since 1859 and is serving a wide area of the state. The first plans for the shrine started in 1973 and continue today. The shrine was dedicated by Bishop John J. McRaith May 9, 1989.
36 Saint Joseph Proto-Cathedral Shrines 310 West Stephen Foster Ave. Bardstown KY 40004 St. Joseph's is the first Proto-Cathedral west of the Allegheny Mountains and was completed in 1819 by a French priest, Benedict Joseph Flaget who became the first bishop of Bardstown. In later years the Episcopal See was moved to Louisville and St. Joseph's became a parish church with the title "proto-cathedral."
35 Shrine of Saint Philippine Duchesne Shrines 729 W. Main Street Mound City KS 66056 Saint Philippine Duchesne was born in France in 1769. She served during the French Revolution helping the sick and the poor. After becomming a Nun of the Society of the Sacred Heart, she came to New Orleans in 1818 and then went to St. Charles, MO. where she opened a school, later a convent, and an orphanage. When she was seventy-two she started a school for the Potawatomi Indians.
34 The Grotto of the Redemption Shrines 2 Blocks West of SR 15 West Bend IA 50597 Father Paul Dobberstein started construction on the grotto in 1912 and it is now the largest grotto in the world. It is a composite of nine separate grottoes, each portraying a scene in the life of Christ in his work of redeeming the world. The grotto represents the largest collection of minerals, fossils, shells and petrification concentrated in any one spot in the world.
33 The Shrine of Christ's Passion Shrines 10630 Wicker Ave. (US 41) St. John IN 46373 The Shrine of Christ
32 National Shrine of St. Jude Shrines 3200 E 91st Street Chicago IL 60617 Founded in 1929 by the Claretian Missionaries, the National Shrine of St. Jude and the St. Jude League bring together hundreds of thousands of devotees in a community of prayer and hope. The faithful around the world send the Claretians their stories of hope and their special intentions. They also flock to Solemn Novenas to St. Jude, which take place five times each year at the National Shrine of St. Jude on Chicago
31 National Shrine of Mary Immaculate Queen, Lombard Shrines
30 National Shrine of Saint Therese Shrines 8501 Bailey Road Darien IL 60561 This beautiful statue of St. Therese of Lisieux, our beloved Little Flower, welcomes visitors to the National Shrine of St. Therese. This is the same statue that welcomed devotees of Therese at the original Shrine at St. Clara's Church in Chicago which was destroyed by fire in 1976. Fortunately, the statue survived, though badly damaged. Now restored to its full glory, St. Therese with her serene and beautiful gaze continues to embrace pilgrims at this restful place of pilgrimage.
29 National Shrine of Saint Anne de Brighton Shrines 2751 W. 38th Place Chicago IL 60632 Marked by faith and commitment for over a century as the Roman Catholic parishes of St. Agnes and St. Joseph and St. Anne located on the southwest side of Chicago, we now come together under the banner of Our Lady of Fatima.
28 Our Lady Of Sorrows Basilica and National Shrine Shrines 3121 West Jackson Boulevard Chicago IL 60612 Three Servants of Mary (Servites) Fathers, Austin Morini and Andrew Venturi, and Brother Joseph Camera founded the Parish of Our Lady of Sorrows in 1874 On January 8, 1937, the Sorrowful Mother Novena began an era that would establish Chicago
27 National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe Shrines 1600 West Park Avenue Libertyville IL 60048-2593 During the Jubilee Year 2000, the National Conference of Catholic Bishops designated Marytown as the National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe. Pilgrims are welcome to venerate the relics of this Polish Conventual Franciscan priest, publisher, theologian and evangelist. His life of charity and heroic death in the Auschwitz death camp is commemorated in our Kolbe/Holocaust Memorial. St. Maximilian is considered the patron of journalists, families, prisoners, the pro-life movement and those afflicted with chemical dependency and eating disorders.
26 Dominican Shrine of Saint Jude Shrines 1909 S. Ashland Avenue Chicago Illinois 60608-2994 This shrine opened in October 1929 and has become the spiritual center of the entire region with a ministry of preaching, spiritual direction and a network of people at prayer, The Friends of St. Jude The shrine is located in the parish church of St. Pius V and is staffed by the Dominican Fathers and Brothers of the Province of St. Albert the Great.
25 National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows Shrines 442 South Demazenod Drive Belleville IL 62223 This is the largest outdoor shrine in North America and when you come here be prepared to spend a day or two, or more time if you can. The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate priests and brothers that operate the shrine have made it a most beautiful and Holy 200+ acres.
24 National Shrine of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Shrines 2520 N Lakeview Avenue Chicago IL 60614 Those familiar with the life of Mother Cabrini know of her many wonderful accomplishments: Founding hospitals, orphanages, and schools for immigrant families and others in need in New York, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Chicago, Denver, Seattle, Los Angeles, and in Western Europe, and Central and South America. Many are unfamiliar with the obstacles America
23 Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Shrines 48 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW Atlanta Georgia 30303 Atlanta was founded in 1837 and was first called "Terminus" because it was the end of the railroad line. A large number of the railroad workers were Irish Catholics and a wooden church was built in 1848, the Church of The Immaculate Conception, with Father Thomas O'Reilly as it's pastor. Father O'Reilly was a Confederate Chaplain and he persuaded General William Tecumseh Sherman to spare his church and that of his neighbors. Legend has it that Father O'Reilly told Sherman, "If you burn the Catholic Church, all Catholic's in the ranks of the Union Army will mutiny". The present Shrine was rebuilt after a fire in 1982 and is open for tours.
22 The National Shrine of Saint Philomena Shrines 1621 S.W. 6th. Street Miami FL 33135 The National Shrine of Saint Philomena is maintained by an Association of Catholics known as "The Friends of Saint Philomena, Inc." The Association aims, in particular, to promote the teaching of the full Catholic Faith, the celebration of the traditional Latin Mass and devotion to Saint Philomena, the Patroness of Faith and Purity.
21 Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche Shrines 27 Ocean Ave St. Augustine FL 32084 In 1615 the early Spanish settlers established the first shrine in the United States to be dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary as a sign for their love for the Nursing Mother of Christ. In addition to the Chapel of Our Lady of La Leche there is the Prince of Peace Church, an 11 foot bronze statue of Fr. Lopez, a 208 foot stainless steel cross, a rustic altar and a bronze plaque memorializing 45 of the major missions of the first Spanish Period (1565-1763).
20 Shrine of Our Lady of Charity Shrines 3609 South Miami Ave. Miami Fl. 33133 This Shrine was built by the Cuban people to honor their patroness. The statue of Our Lady holding out Jesus in her hands is an invitation for the faithful to enter into communion with Him through the sacraments of penance and eucharist.
19 Mary, Queen of the Universe Shrine Shrines 8300 Vineland Avenue Orlando Florida 32821 April 2, 1986 the preliminary structure was opened to the public and it has continued to grow each year in response to the millions of people that visit it. Located close to the many Orlando attractions it is the worship center for tourists from all over the world visiting here. In addition to the very beautiful Shrine Church is the outdoor Mother and Child Chapel, Rosary Gardens, flowing fountains and a historic statue of Mary holding the Divine Infant.
18 Ukrainian National Shrine of the Holy Family Shrines 4250 Harewood Rd. NE Washington DC 20017 Our Holy Family Ukrainian Catholic Church, with the help of more than 200 Catholic parishes in the United States, built this shrine to commemorate the millennium of Christianity among the Ukrainian people. Icons of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Pochayiv are revered in the shrine.
17 Franciscan Monastery Holy Land of America Shrines 1400 Quincy Street Northeast Washington DC 20017 The Church and Monastery of Mt. Sepulcher is a religious center for the pilgrims and tourists of all faiths. It is built along the architectural lines of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. The church and grounds contain replicas of the principal Shrines and Chapels found in the Holy Land; the main Shrine being a replica of the Holy Sepulcher of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The crypt of the church contains replicas of the Catacombs of Rome and has fine copies of early Christian art and inscriptions. The Monastery itself, in simple architectural lines is reminiscent of the monasteries of old Europe.
16 Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Shrines 400 Michigan Avenue Northeast Washington D.C. 20017 The Basilca of the National Shrine is the largest Roman Catholic church in the Western Hemisphere and the eighth largest church in the world. It contains sixty chapels displaying a wide variety of stained glass windows, mosaics and sculptures.
15 Lourdes in Litchfield Shrines 50 Montfort Road Litchfield CT 06759 This Shrine to Our Lady of Lourdes was built during the 1955 Marian Year by the Missionaries of the Company of Mary. The Missionaries welcome pilgrimages to this healing and peaceful place. The main shrine is the grotto of Our Lady built from local fieldstone and modeled after the actual grotto in Lourdes France. A highlight of the shrine is the Way of the Cross which culminates in the Crucifixion scene. Also there are the Shrines of the Sacred Heart, St. Michael, St. Jude, St. Joseph and St. Louis de Monfort.
14 Mother Cabrini Shrine Shrines 20189 Cabrini Blvd. Golden CO 80401 St. Frances Xavier Cabrini established this shrine for the purpose of spreading the Gospel. It includes a 22 foot statue of the Saccred Heart, Stations of the Cross, the Mysteries of the Rosary and the Ten Commandments.
13 Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows Shrines 745 Ware Ave. Colusa CA. 95932 Site of the first Catholic mass to be said in Colusa County in May of 1856. In 1864, a Catholic mission was conducted and a large wooden cross erected to commemorate the occasion. Masses, pilgrimages and visits were made here continuously thereafter. In order to preserve the identity of the place, Father Michael Wallrath, the first pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, secured a deed from Mrs. Anna Myers to this parcel of land and constructed a small shrine from hand kilned bricks in 1883. The present cross was erected by the Knights of Columbus and replaced the one erected here in 1864.
12 Shrine of St. Joseph, Guardian of the Redeemer Shrines 544 West Cliff Drive Santa Cruz CA 95060 In March 1949 the Oblates prayed a novena to their patron, St. Joseph. A benefactor appeared on December 8, 1949, and deeded a parcel of bayside property to them to be used for religious purposes. Ground-breaking for the construction of a seminary and chapel took place on September 30, 1951. By July 29, 1952, the first Mass was celebrated in the chapel. In March 1952 Bishop Willinger had granted permission for pilgrimages to this "shrine." He blessed the chapel on August 31, 1952, as a "semi-public oratory dedicated to St. Joseph."
11 The National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi Shrines 610 Vallejo Street San Francisco CA 94133 The Saint Francis Parish was formally established on June 12, 1849 and the first Mass was on June 17th. It was the first parochial Mass celebrated in the State of California. Located in the heart of San Francisco's North Beach district, Saint Francis of Assisi Church today continues to build upon its historical mission. No longer a parish, the church has become the National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi.
10 Basilica of San Carlos Borromeo Shrines 3080 Rio Road Carmel CA 93923 The Mission of San Carlos was founded on August 24, 1771 by Padre Junipero Serra. Padre Serra also founded 9 other Missions. In 1985, Pope John Paul II declared Junipero Serra venerable and in 1988 he was beatified in recognition of his heroic virtues. In 1960 Pope John XXIII raised the historical shrine Carmel Mission to the satus of minor basilca.
09 St. Peregrine Shrine Shrines 1551 E. Dana Avenue Mesa Arizona 85204 The St. Peregrine Shrine was founded and created by Father Steve Kunkel and Melissa Veselovsky. Construction was completed in November 2009. The chapel is located on the north side of Christ the King Catholic Church.
08 Our Lady of the Sierras Shrine Shrines 10300 South Twin Oaks Road AZ 85615 The Shrine is on a mountainside at an elevation 5300 feet. The focal point is a 75-foot high cross. Next to the cross is a 30-foot high statue of Our Lady. Close by there is a small field stone chapel honoring the continued presence of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. The chapel has a Tabernacle donated by the St. Patrick's Church in St. Charles IL dating to 1924. The shrine is private but open to the public. It was opened March 1998. Stations of the Cross were added in 2002
07 Shrine of St. Joseph of the Mountains Shrines 16949 Shrine Road Yarnell AZ 85362 Just .5 mile off of SR 89, is an open-air mountainside shrine with statues that depict scenes of The Last Supper, Garden of Gethsemane, The Way of the Cross and the Risen Christ. Beautifully portrayed in this high-desert setting the Gospel story is unfolded by life-like statues and a natural setting. The shrine is opened 24 hours daily and accepts donations for its maintenance.
06 Shrine of Saint Therese of Lisieux Shrines 5933 Lund St. Juneau AK 99801 This Shrine was dedicated to St. Therese of Lisieux, who was chosen to be the patroness of Alaska by Bishop Joseph Raphael Crimont, the first bishop for the whole state of Alaska.
05 Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament Shrines 3222 County Road 548 Hanceville AL 35077 In 1962 Mother M. Angelica founded Our Lady of the Angels Monastery of Poor Clare Nuns of Perpetual Adoration. 1980 saw the launching of EWTN the world wide Catholic television station and in 1991 the chapel of Our Lady of Angels Monastery was declared the Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament.
02 The Great Passion Play Shrines 935 Passion Play Rd Eureka Springs AR 72632
01 Sordevolo Passion Play Shrines Via Eugenio Bona 35 Sordevolo Italy