Some people travel for spiritual purposes. If you plan to do this trip, these are five famous pilgrimage sites for Christians around the world.
Vatican City, Rome
The Vatican as the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church became one of the most visited pilgrimage sites. The St. Peter’s Basilica is well known as the final resting place for St. Peter. The pope usually leads the Easter and Christmas Mass in the Basilica, around 15,000 to 80,000 people will attend these masses. Other religious sites that must visit in this city are the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums
Many pilgrims visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre which contains two significant sites of Christianity which are the Calvary of Golgotha, the place where Jesus Christ was crucified and a place where He is buried and resurrected. The pilgrims also visit the Mount of Olives where Jesus Christ prayed before Judas betrayed him and Via Dolorosa, the route taken by Jesus to his crucifixion or as people known as the Passion of the Christ. The other site that people visit here is Mount Zion which is well-known as the location of King David’s tomb.
Lourdes in a small town in southern France and it is believed as the place where Virgin Mary appeared to a 14-year-old girl Bernadette Soubirous. Bernadette has seen of Virgin Mary 17 times in five months. The sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes has around six million visitors every year. It is believed among Christians that the spring water there can heal many kinds of illness.
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
In northwestern of Spain, the cathedral in the city of Santiago de Compostela is famous as the final resting place of St. James. Since the 9th century, many pilgrims are walking on foot to reach the cathedral. The pilgrimage route or known as the Way of St. James are declared as the first European Cultural Route by the Council of Europe. The old town is named as one of the UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.
Mount Sinai, Egypt
Mount Sinai is well-known as the place where Moses received the Ten Commandments. The location of Mount Sinai is between Egypt and Israel. Many pilgrims have climbed to the summit of Mount Sinai. If you visit Mount Sinai with, you may also want to visit the St. Catherine’s Monastery which is a home for Greek Orthodox monks located at the base of the mountain.
Many pilgrims visit these sites because they want to enrich their spirituality and to get closer with God. With learning more about Christianity through these sites, there is a hope that it could strengthen the faith to God.