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Shrines to the Virgin Mary

In the culture and practice of some Christian churches — mainly, but not solely, the Roman Catholic Church — a Shrine to the Virgin Mary (or Marian shrine) is a shrine marking an apparition or other miracle ascribed to the Blessed Virgin Mary, or a site on which is centered a historically strong Marian devotion. Such locales are often the destination of pilgrimages.

Some of the largest shrines arose from reported Marian apparitions to young and simple people on remote hilltops that had hardly been heard of prior to the reported apparition. The story of Saint Juan Diego's reported vision of Our Lady of Guadalupe in 1531 is similar to that of Saint Bernadette Soubirous' vision in 1858 of Our Lady of Lourdes. Both saints reported a miraculous Lady on a hilltop who asked them to request that the local priests build a chapel at the site of the vision. Both visions included a reference to roses and led to large churches being built at the sites. Like Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico, Our Lady of Lourdes is a major Catholic symbol in France. Both visionaries were eventually declared saints.

Some of these shrines are visited by many pilgrims: Lourdes, with a population of around 15,000, receives about 5,000,000 pilgrims every year, and within France only Paris has more hotel rooms than Lourdes. Over 1,000,000 pilgrims per year visit the Black Madonna statue in the Chapel of Grace in Altötting, Germany, where for more than 500 years miracles have been attributed to praying to the Virgin Mary at that shrine.

Side altar to the Blessed Virgin Mary in St Mary's Pro-Cathedral in Dublin
The Sanctuary of Victoriaus Our Lady in Brdów (Poland)

Contents

  • Algeria 1
  • Andorra 2
  • Argentina 3
  • Australia 4
  • Austria 5
  • Belgium 6
  • Bolivia 7
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina 8
  • Brazil 9
  • Canada 10
  • Chile 11
  • China 12
  • Colombia 13
  • Costa Rica 14
  • Croatia 15
  • Cuba 16
  • Cyprus 17
  • Czech Republic 18
  • Dominican Republic 19
  • Ecuador 20
  • Egypt 21
  • France 22
  • Germany 23
  • Gibraltar 24
  • Greece 25
  • Holy Land 26
  • India 27
  • Ireland 28
  • Italy 29
  • Japan 30
  • Korea 31
  • Lebanon 32
  • Lithuania 33
  • Malta 34
  • Malaysia 35
  • Mexico 36
  • Montenegro 37
  • Netherlands 38
  • Nicaragua 39
  • Pakistan 40
  • Philippines 41
  • Poland 42
  • Portugal 43
  • Romania 44
  • Russia 45
  • Rwanda 46
  • Slovakia 47
  • Serbia 48
  • South Africa 49
  • Spain 50
  • Sri Lanka 51
  • Switzerland 52
  • Syria 53
  • Turkey 54
  • Ukraine 55
  • United Kingdom 56
  • United States 57
  • Uruguay 58
  • Venezuela 59
  • Vietnam 60
  • See also 61
  • References 62
  • External links 63

Algeria

Andorra

Argentina

Australia

Austria

Belgium

Bolivia

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Brazil

Canada

For a complete list, see footnote[1]

Chile

China

Colombia

Costa Rica

Croatia

Cuba

Cyprus

Czech Republic

  • Pilgrimage Basilica of the Visitation of Our Lady, Hejnice

Dominican Republic

Ecuador

Egypt

France

Germany

  • Shrine of St. Mary, in Aachen Cathedral. This church, frequently referred to as the Kaiserdom ("Imperial Cathedral"), is a Roman Catholic church in Aachen.
  • Chapel of Grace, in Altötting, Bavaria. The first miracles attributed to praying to the Virgin Mother at this shrine were reported to have taken place in 1489.
  • Chapel of Grace in Kevelaer, North Rhine-Westphalia, site of an "Image of Grace" (Gnadenbild) of St.Mary since the Thirty Years' War.

Gibraltar

  • Our Lady of Europe at Europa Point, the southernmost point in Western Europe. A shrine to Mary has existed on the site since 1462.[4]

Greece

Holy Land

India

Ireland

Italy

Japan

Korea

Lebanon

Lithuania

Malta

Malaysia

  • Chapel of Our Lady of Good Health (Annai Vailankanni) Kampung Pandan Kuala Lumpur

Mexico

Montenegro

Netherlands

Nicaragua

Pakistan

Philippines

Poland

Interior of the Basilica in The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lichen in Licheń Stary, Poland home to the holy icon of Our Lady of Sorrows
Simple roadside shrine to the Virgin Mary in Poland
Marian Sanctuaries in Poland
Locality Church Relic or Object
Bardo Church of the Visitiation of our Lady. Redemptorists Sculpture of our lady from the 12th century ., crowned July 3, 1966. (abp Bolesław Kominek)
Będków Church of the Immaculate Conception Icon of Our Lady of Będkow from the 15th century.
Biechowo Church of the Immaculate Conception Paulists Icon of Our Lady of Joy MB from the 15th century crowned September 12, 1976. by (cardinal. Stefan Wyszyński)
Stara Błotnica Church of the Immaculate Conception Icon of Our Lady from the 16th century crowned in 1977.
Bochnia Church of St. Nicholas Icon of Our Lady from the 15th-16th century, crowned in 1931.
Borek Stary Monastery of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary obraz MB Borkowskiej z Dzieciątkiem, crowned on the August 15, 1919

Portugal

The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima (in Portugal) is one of the most famous Marian shrines in the world.

Romania

Russia

Rwanda

Slovakia

Serbia

South Africa

Spain

Sri Lanka

Switzerland

Syria

Turkey

Ukraine

Our Lady of Westminster

United Kingdom

United States

For a complete list and further reading, see footnotes.[10][11] See also: List of shrines#United States.

Uruguay

Venezuela

Vietnam

See also

References

Notes
  1. ^ Marian Shrines in Canada webpage. The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute, Dayton, Ohio, US. Retrieved 2010-10-10.
  2. ^ Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia
  3. ^ "Official website of the National Shrine of Our Lady of El Cisne". Retrieved 2008-12-21. 
  4. ^ Shrine of Our Lady of Europe, Gibraltar Government
  5. ^ "Missionaries of the Divine Revelation". Divinarivelazione.org. Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  6. ^ View of the two Walsingham shrines on their joint website.
  7. ^ [2]
  8. ^ Inside view of the Roman Catholic shrine of Our Lady of Willesden, a side chapel accessible from within the church of Our Lady of Willesden in Nicoll Road, London NW10.
  9. ^ Warwick Street Church, London W1, displaying a sign "Church of the Assumption"; Lady Chapel; The shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe The Holy Child & St Joseph Bedford MK40 1HU www.relicofourladyofguadalupe.co.uk Grant of Indulgence (Summary of the Decree of Pope Pius IX, promulgated 15 May 1877, remaining in force in perpetuity).
  10. ^ Marian Shrines in the United States webpage. The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute, Dayton, Ohio. Retrieved 2010-10-10.
  11. ^ For further reading, see Marian Shrines of the United States: A Pilgrim's Travel Guide (Liguori Publications).

External links

  • Queen of the Holy Rosary Shrine Lay Apostolate homepage
  • Marian Shrines from around the World
  • Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J, Marian Shrines
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