Shrines to the Virgin Mary

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Façade of the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome, Italy

A shrine to the Virgin Mary (or Marian shrine) is a shrine marking an apparition or other miracle ascribed to the Blessed Virgin Mary, or a site on which is centered a historically strong Marian devotion. Such locales are often the destination of pilgrimages.








Bosnia and Herzegovina[edit]



For a complete list, see footnote[1]




Costa Rica[edit]




Czech Republic[edit]

  • Pilgrimage Basilica of the Visitation of Our Lady, Hejnice

Dominican Republic[edit]




Statue of Our Lady of Lourdes in the Grotto


  • Shrine of St. Mary, in Aachen Cathedral. This church, frequently referred to as the Kaiserdom ("Imperial Cathedral"), is a Roman Catholic church in Aachen.
  • Chapel of Grace, in Altötting, Bavaria. The first miracles attributed to praying to the Virgin Mother at this shrine were reported to have taken place in 1489.
  • Chapel of Grace in Kevelaer, North Rhine-Westphalia, site of an "Image of Grace" (Gnadenbild) of St.Mary since the Thirty Years' War.


  • Our Lady of Europe at Europa Point, the southernmost point in Western Europe. A shrine to Mary has existed on the site since 1462.[4]



  • The Basilica of the Virgin of the Rosary (Temple of Santo Domingo). Guatemala city.
  • The Virgin of Carmel Sanctuary. Guatemala city.

Holy Land[edit]

Twelfth-century façade of Mary's Tomb in the garden of Gethsemane, in Jerusalem



Our Lady of Dublin, the only Black Madonna in Ireland, is to be seen in Whitefriars Street Carmelite Church, Dublin. Our Lady's Island, County Wexford, has been dedicated to the Virgin Mary since the Middle Ages. Our Lady is never reported as having appeared there, but physical healings have been reported there and verified by proper medical authorities. Pilgrims go there constantly in a private capacity, but the official Pilgrimage Season lasts from 15th August until 8th September. Administration of the shrine is designated to a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ferns - the current administrator of the shrine being Revd Fr Jim Cogley PP Our Lady's Island.


The shrine dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary in Pompei, Italy






  • Chapel of Our Lady of Good Health (Annai Vailankanni) Kampung Pandan Kuala Lumpur








The Sanctuary of Victoriaus Our Lady in Brdów (Poland)
Interior of the Basilica in The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lichen in Licheń Stary, Poland home to the holy icon of Our Lady of Sorrows
Miraculous Icon of Our Lady of Consolation in Bernardine Monastery in Przeworsk
Marian Sanctuaries in Poland
Locality Church Relic or Object
Bardo Church of the Visitiation of our Lady. Redemptorists Sculpture of our lady from the 12th century ., crowned July 3, 1966. (abp Bolesław Kominek)
Biechowo Church of the Immaculate Conception Paulists Icon of Our Lady of Joy MB from the 15th century crowned September 12, 1976. by (cardinal. Stefan Wyszyński)
Bochnia Church of St. Nicholas Icon of Our Lady from the 15th-16th century, crowned in 1931.
Borek Stary Monastery of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary obraz MB Borkowskiej z Dzieciątkiem, crowned on the August 15, 1919
Brdów Pauline Fathers Monastery Icon of Victoriaus Our Lady, crowned in 1983
Częstochowa Jasna Góra Monastery The Black Madonna of Częstochowa, crowned on the September 8, 1717
Kodeń The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate Monastery of Saint Ann Icon of Our Lady, Mother of Unity
Krzeszów, Lower Silesian Voivodeship Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Krzeszów Icon of Our Lady, Mother of Grace
Licheń Stary The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lichen Icon of Our Lady of Sorrows
Łukawiec The Sanctuary od Our Lady of Łukawiec Obraz Matki Bożej Łukawieckiej z Tartakowa from 17th century, crowned on the June 3, 1991
Niepokalanów The Franciscan Basilica of Omni-mediatress of All Glories Figure of Our Lady of Omni-mediatress of All Glories
Przeworsk The Bernardine Monastery of Saint Barbara Icon of Our Lady of Consolation from the 17th century
Różanystok The Salesian Church Icon of Our Lady, Help of Christians
Stara Błotnica Church of the Immaculate Conception Icon of Our Lady from the 16th century crowned in 1977.
Stoczek Klasztorny Former Bernardine Church Icon of Our Lady Queen of Peace


The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima (in Portugal) is one of the most famous Marian shrines in the world.





  • Marianka, Malacky District
  • Basilika Minor-Visitation of Virgin Mary-Levoca
  • Basilika of Birthday Virgin Mary-Zilina
  • Basilika of Birthday Virgin Mary-Vranov n Toplou
  • Our Lady of Snow-Banska Stiavnica
  • Our Lady of Sorrow-Petrzalka
  • Our Lady of Rosary-Ruzomberok-Cernova
  • Assumption of Virgin Mary-Bratislava-Blumental
  • Assumption of Virgin Mary-Bratislava-Notre Dame
  • Assumption of Virgin Mary-Banska Stiavnica
  • Assumption of Virgin Mary-Topolcany
  • Assumption of Virgin Mary-Pezinok
  • Visitation of Virgin Mary-Nitra


South Africa[edit]


  • The National Shrine Mary Help of Christians at Brezje [2]
  • The mantled Virgin Mary - the protector from Ptujska Gora [3]
  • Church of Our Lady of Mercy on Zaplaz [4]
  • Basilica of St. Mary, Mother of God at Sveta Gora [5]
  • Basilica of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary in Petrovče [6]

South Korea[edit]


Altar of the Virgin of El Rocío, Huelva, Spain

Sri Lanka[edit]





Our Lady of Westminster

United Kingdom[edit]

United States[edit]

For a complete list and further reading, see footnotes.[10][11] See also: List of shrines#United States.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington




See also[edit]


  1. ^ Marian Shrines in Canada webpage. The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute, Dayton, Ohio, US. Retrieved 2010-10-10.
  2. ^ es:Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia
  3. ^ "Official website of the National Shrine of Our Lady of El Cisne". Retrieved 2008-12-21. 
  4. ^ Shrine of Our Lady of Europe, Gibraltar Government
  5. ^ "Missionaries of the Divine Revelation". Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  6. ^ View of the two Walsingham shrines on their joint website.
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ Inside view of the Roman Catholic shrine of Our Lady of Willesden, a side chapel accessible from within the church of Our Lady of Willesden in Nicoll Road, London NW10.
  9. ^ Warwick Street Church, London W1, displaying a sign "Church of the Assumption"; Lady Chapel; The shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe The Holy Child & St Joseph Bedford MK40 1HU Grant of Indulgence (Summary of the Decree of Pope Pius IX, promulgated 15 May 1877, remaining in force in perpetuity).
  10. ^ Marian Shrines in the United States webpage. The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute, Dayton, Ohio. Retrieved 2010-10-10.
  11. ^ For further reading, see Marian Shrines of the United States: A Pilgrim's Travel Guide (Liguori Publications).
  12. ^ O'Neill, Eddie (January 1, 2017). "Motherly Welcome in Missouri: A Visit to the National Shrine of Mary, Mother of the Church". National Catholic Register. Retrieved 2017-01-01. 

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