All year round, countless believers visit the European Marian Shrines. They seek comfort or new power of faith and vitality.
Since the foundation of the working group “Shrines of Europe” in 1996, Europe’s most important Marian pilgrimage sites have been closely connected to each other. The members of the “Shrines of Europe” are Altötting in Germany, Czestochowa in Poland, Einsiedeln in Switzerland, Fátima in Portugal, Loreto in Italy, Lourdes in France and Mariazell in Austria. All the “Shrines of Europe” were visited by the two European popes, John Paul II and Benedict XVI, as both were major devotees of Mary and they thus underlined the major importance of the European Marian pilgrimage sites.