List of Christian pilgrimage sites

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This is a list of sites notable as destinations of Christian pilgrimage, sorted by region and by (modern) country.

Old World[edit]

Holy Land[edit]

Further information: Holy Land and Jerusalem in Christianity

Sites associated with the gospel narrative in Israel and Jordan.


The Holy Land, location of many events in the Old Testament and New Testament:

, the site of the house of Simeon the Tanner where St. Peter has visited and also the burial place of St. Tabitha.

  • Lydda, the burial site of Saint George, the holiest Christian martyr.
  • Abu Ghosh, the sites of one of the resting places of the Ark of the Covenant and the place where the Crusader identified as biblical Emmaus which is also the most well preserved Crusader in Israel.
  • Emmaus Nicopolis, another identified place for biblical Emmaus where Jesus appeared to two disciples who were walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus, the site is identified by the Catholic community of Beatitudes that also have a monastery there and they are prayer inside the antiquity area which includes ruins of Crusader and Byzatine churches.
  • Emmaus (Al-Quebiba) - the Franciscan tradition seeing this as the biblical Emmaus where Jesus appeared to two disciples who were walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus and built a big church on the site.
  • Sepphoris, the site of the home of Anne and Joachim, parents of Virgin Mary
  • Mar Saba, the most important and largest monastery in the Holy Land and the resting place of Saint Sabas which was also the monk who built this monastery.
  • Mount Carmel, site of Elijah's famous challenge to the prophets of Baal.
  • The House of Peter in Capernaum.
  • Magdala the birthplace of Mary Magdalene
  • Bethsaida - the birthplaces of many of Jesus' Apostles - Philip, Andrew, Peter (John 1:44; John 12:21), and perhaps also James and John.
  • Burqin Church, According to Christian tradition, Jesus had passed through Burqin on his way to Jerusalem from Nazareth and as he was passing by the village he heard cries for help from ten lepers who were isolated in quarantine. He encountered them and passed his hand on their faces and then they were immediately cured. Since this "miracle", the church became a station for many Christian pilgrims. This is also one of the world's oldest churches.
  • Jacob's well in Nablus.
  • The Jesus trail.
  • Beit Jimal Monastery, The Christian tradition believes that Rabban Gamliel I was buried here, as were St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr and Nicodemus, the monastery located near the Israeli city of Beit Shemesh
  • Caesarea Maritima
  • Caesarea Philippi
  • Qasr al-Yahud - the Baptismal site that located just on the western side of the Jordan River near Bethany Beyond the Jordan, you can also find many abandoned Christian monasteries, only the Greek Orthodox monastery re-opened. the site located near Jericho in the Jordanian border
  • Deit Hijla Monastery - located on the site where Mary, Joseph and Jesus used to rest during the Flight to Egypt. also the place of the Laura of Saint Gerasimos. near Jericho and Qasr al-Yahud.
  • Jericho - the site of the Mountain of Temptation and of the Sycamore Tree of Jesus.
  • Deir Rafat - Monastetry which located on hill in the Elah Valley, very beautiful landscape.
  • Monastery of St. John in the Wilderness - a pastoral monastery near Ein Karem, which honors John the Baptist's activity in the Judean Desert but was not built there because the danger of it, one of the caves also used to be in use by John the Baptist.


There are five official Christian pilgrimage sites in Jordan certified by the Holy See.[1]

Western Christianity[edit]

Sites associated with Western Christianity (Roman Catholicism, including sites now in Protestant parts of Europe).


  • Mariazell. Marian Shrine to Austria and Hungary


  • Banneux - Apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1933 [1]
  • Beauraing - Apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1932 [2].


The hill of apparitions in Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • Međugorje - Apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary from 1981 up to the present time.

Czech Republic[edit]


  • Kirkkokari, the only Roman Catholic pilgrimage site in Finland.






St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City




  • Nidaros, Trondheim. Shrine of St. Olav. 4th most visited pilgrimage site in Middle Ages.


Divine Mercy Sanctuary in Kraków-Łagiewniki, the global center of Divine Mercy
An ancient pilgrimage road to Santiago de Compostela.







Eastern Christianity[edit]

Sites associated with Eastern Christianity in Eastern Europe and the Near East (excluding the Holy Land proper).


Croagh Patrick chappel, Ireland







  • Iași, where over 1 million pilgrims from all over Romania and neighboring Orthodox countries supposedly queue to touch the relics of Saint Paraskevi



  • Djunis monastery near Kruševac is the most visited shrine in Serbia, dedicated to the Theotokos



Pilgrims on their way to the shrine of St. Thomas Becket, Canterbury Cathedral.


New World[edit]

Pilgrimage sites in parts of the world reached by Christianity in the early modern or modern era, including the Americas and Southeast and East Asia.

East and Southeast Asia[edit]



  • Sendangsono. Central Java; The first native java baptized by Rv. Van Lith, SJ



Latin America[edit]


Costa Rica[edit]

  • Basilica of Our Lady of the Angels - the pilgrims walk from all around the country with the goal of arriving on 2 August to the Basilica in Cartago, that date is the feast day of the feast day of Our Lady of the Angels of the Portiuncula (on which the Portiuncola Indulgence could be gained) and a national holiday due to the pilgrimage.


North America[edit]