Guided tours to the holy places
Travelling to the holy places, visiting monasteries and churches, participating in the pilgrimage and religious festivals attract many tourists to Spain, because the country is considered to be the guardian of the Christian values. Such trips allow visitors not only get acquainted with the history of the holy places, holy life, the architecture of religious buildings and church art, but also to worship the holy places and relics. Religious tourism is increasingly becoming popular. Antaal Spain Tour organizes such trips for you, in which you will be able to visit the holy places, to see the sights and relax.
1.Santa Faz Monastery and the Sanctuary of Maria Magdalene.
The monastery houses one of the relics, recognized by the canonical Catholic Church, St. Veronica's handkerchief with the image of the face of Christ. Every year on the second Thursday after Easter the екну faith make pilgrimage from Alicante to the monastery to worship the relic.
2.Сaravaсa de la Cruz.
Caravaca de la Cruz was included in the top five cities in the Holy Roman Catholic Church, thus obtaining the right and privilege constantly every seven years to celebrate the Holy Year when a great pilgrimage to the holy places takes place. 2017 is such a year. It contains a unique Christian relic - the True Cross-particle of the real cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified.
Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Esperanza is in Calasparra, 5 kilometers from Caravaca.
The temple in her honor is in a cave, carved into the rock, and is a place where hundreds of pilgrims come to worship the Virgin Mary.
3.Santiago de Compostela.
The city is the final destination of the main pilgrimage route in Spain, which is called the Holy Way of Santiago. The City Cathedral houses the relics of one of the twelve apostles - St. James. Since the early Middle Ages the city is the third shrine of the Catholic world (after Jerusalem and Rome), which gave the city the nickname "Christian Mecca". The best time to do this pilgrimage is September and October.
Since 1653 in Spain in May there is a traditional procession dedicated to the Virgin of Las Rocinas. Pilgrims are sent to the town of Almonte on horses, carts or just walk. On the way, many people sing catchy songs, play musical instruments, and just have fun. Usually they spend the night outdoors. Upon arrival in Almonte all pilgrims gather at the church, where the Archbishop of Seville commemorates the Saint. It takes place 50 days after Holy Week.
The first mention of the monastery of Montserrat goes back to IX century. The monastery is famous for the fact that it holds the national shrine of Catalonia - a statue of the Virgin and Child on a lap of the XII century (according to legend-IX century), the monastery attracts pilgrims from all over the world. For its dark color statue of a black poplar in golden robes is called the "Black Madonna". Every year thousands of pilgrims come to her praying for help. As a symbol of fulfilled desires, in the cathedral there is a special room, where the returning pilgrims brought their desires: wedding dresses and no longer necessary orthopedic accessories. The Museum of Painting and Sculpture of XIX and XX centuries, including works by El Greco, Caravaggio, Monet, Edgar Degas, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali are also very popular among the tourists.
6. Fuensanta Sanctuary
10 km from Murcia, in the village of Algezares, there is the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fuensanta. It offers a magnificent panoramic view of the city. In this temple there is an image of Our Lady of Fuensanta - patroness of Murcia, which leaves the walls of the building only for a short time during the spring and the September Fair. At the end of the XVII century in Murcia there was a severe drought. It was then that the people addressed with prayers to the Virgin of Fuensanta. After the end of the drought the inhabitants of Murcia proclaimed Virgin a patroness of the city and the region.
Lourdes - one of the most visited cities, not only in France, but throughout Europe. Every year up to 5 million of pilgrims come to Lourdes hoping for a miraculous healing. In the cave, where according to legend, the Virgin Mary appeared suddenly to a local girl in a cave, and miracles began to happen: people were cured from various diseases. The Catholic Church claims that for the first 50 years more than 4 thousand pilgrims were cured from various diseases.
8. Royal Monastery of Santa Maria de Guadalupe
The Royal Monastery of Santa Maria de Guadalupe in Extremadura is on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. It contains the statue of the Virgin de Guadalupe, highly appreciated in Spain. A Monastery was founded in 1340 by Alfonso IX on the place where the statue was found . During one of his battles, he asked for help from the Virgin Mary, and won the battle. In commemoration of the Virgin Mary's divine help he announced the royal chapel a sanctuary. Many Christians come here to ask for her assistance.