Pilgrimage Places

Compostela in Spain and Lourdes in south-western France are two of Europe's best-known pilgrimage sites. Compostela is said to be the burial-place of Saint James, one of Jesus' disciples. Lourdes is a more recent shrine, the place where Saint Bernadette had a series of visions in the 19 th century, and where many apparently miraculous healings have taken place.

Pilgrimages and relics

A pilgrimage is a journey to a place of religious significance. Many Christians, especially Roman Catholics, go on pilgrimages. They do so for various reasons - to visit places that are important for their faith, as an act of penance for their sins, to ask for help, or to give thanks to God. The most popular pilgrimage destinations are shrines. A shrine is a place linked to a particular saint, often housing their relics, or remains. Many sick people make pilgrimages to shrines such as Lourdes in the hope of a miraculous cure, but pilgrims are just as likely to travel in search of spiritual growth as physical healing.

The top lifted off to reveal the remains stored within

Head is made of silver, but gilding gives it a golden colour

The base of the casket is decorated with holy figures

Wooden inner case -the true receptacle for the relics of Saint Eustace

The top lifted off to reveal the remains stored within

Wooden inner case -the true receptacle for the relics of Saint Eustace

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