When talking about making a pilgrimage to Spain, the first thing that comes to mind is the famous Camino de Santiago and all the possible routes that lead to the great Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. And it is not for less!
But other holy buildings are waiting for you and the path to them. The Marian Way arises from the pilgrims’ desire to follow in Mary’s footsteps. It is divided into five stages that connect the prominent sanctuaries of Our Lady: Meritxel, Montserrat, El Pilar, Torreciudad, and Lourdes.
This tour attracts many people dedicated to faith and religion, but it is also popular with art and culture lovers who enjoy visiting various sanctuaries, basilicas, and hermitages.
One of the most popular stops on this tour is the first sanctuary of the Virgin Mary, one of the essential pillars of Christianity and the modern world: the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar. This is a beautiful baroque sanctuary in the heart of Zaragoza. Once inside, you can see Goya’s frescoes up close and the altar of the Santa Capilla, where you can enjoy seeing a statue of the Virgen del Pilar, patron saint of Spain.
The visit should not stop there; imagine climbing to the top of the towers to admire the temple from there and the impressive views of the Ebro river and the old town. Your next stop may be the Torreciudad Sanctuary (Ribagorça, Huesca). The temple stands on a cliff overlooking the El Grado reservoir. A place with impressive natural landscapes where you can breathe in peace. You can finish (or start) your Marian route at the Benedictine Monastery of Montserrat (Barcelona), a sanctuary that welcomes hundreds of pilgrims throughout the year. Inside is the Basilica of Our Lady of Montserrat, attended by the monks who inhabit it.
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