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Santiago de Compostela

Walking the Camino de Santiago of Compostela – The Way of St James

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Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, Praza do Obradoiro, Santiago de Compostela, Španija

Every day from 7:00 am to 8:30 pm

Santiago de Compostela – The Way of St James  In Santiago itself the great Romanesque Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, goal of the pilgrimage, is now encased in 18th century splendour, but the elaborately carved Romanesque ‘Portico de la Gloria’ of 1188 remains to welcome the pilgrim or visitor now as in medieval times.Continue Reading

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Covadonga

Covadonga Asturias Covadonga is the heart of Asturias in a number of ways. Covadonga’s Holy Cave holds the tomb of Pelayo, who in 722 won the Battle of Covadonga against the Muslim Moors, and later became the first King of Asturias. The victory of Covadonga started the so called Reconquest, a fight of some 800 years between the Muslims and Christians.Continue Reading

Iglesia de San Anton Bilbao

Church of San Anton Bilbao

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Iglesia de San Antón, Bilbao, Španija

Church of San Anton Bilbao – Iglesia de San Anton Iglesia de San Anton Bilbao is closely connected to the bridge that bears the same name, whose shape over the waters of Bilbao is one of the most recognisable images of the city. This bridge was the first to connect the two banks and along with the church it is one of the stop-off points along The Way of St. James.Continue Reading

Santa Maria de Guadalupe

Outstanding Spanish religious architecture – Royal Monastery of Santa Maria de Guadalupe

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Royal Monastery of Santa Maria de Guadalupe, Guadalupe, Španija

Every day: from 8.30 to 20.30

Royal Monastery of Santa Maria de Guadalupe The monastery is an outstanding repository of four centuries of Spanish religious architecture. It symbolizes two significant events in world history that occurred in 1492: the Reconquest of the Iberian peninsula by the Catholic Kings and Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas. Its famous statue of the Virgin became a powerful symbol of the Christianization of much of the New World. See more Catholic shrines and Basilicas in Spain.Continue Reading

Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

Basilica of the Sagrada Familia – Opening times and tickets

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La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Španija

Every day: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

 Worship at the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia The House of God is open to absolutely everyone. The Basilica of the Sagrada Familia is also a place of worship. Within the visitable area, in the Chapel of the Holy Sacrament and Penitence, is a space specially reserved for worship and contemplation.Continue Reading

La Virgen del Rocio

El Rocio Pilgrimage in Spain – La Virgen del Rocio

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Hermandad Matriz Nuestra Señora del Rocío, Almonte, Španija

El Rocío Pilgrimage – La Virgen del Rocio Perhaps the most spectacular romeria is the one devoted to the Virgen del Rocío, popularly called “El Rocio” for short. Nearly a million and a half people from all over Spain and Andalucia make the long journey to gather in the town of El Rocio.Continue Reading

avila St Teresa of Avila

Avila – Home of St Teresa – Spanish saint born in Avila

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Catedral de Ávila, Plaza de la Catedral, Ávila, Španija

Avila cathedral: From Monday to Friday: 10,00 to 17.00

Avila was the place chosen for many of the outstanding pages in the history of Hebrew, Islamic and Christian mysticism. This is confirmed by names such as Teresa de Cepeda y Ahumada, Juan de la Cruz, Pedro de Alcántara, Mosé de León, Nissim Ben Abraham and Mancebo de Arévalo; however. Avila is, first and foremost, the town of St Teresa of Avila, one of the most exceptional figures in Spanish spirituality.Continue Reading

Caravaca de la Cruz

Sanctuary of the Caravaca de la Cruz – Cross of Caravaca meaning

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Santuario de la Santísima y Vera Cruz, Caravaca de la Cruz, Španija

Every day from 8.00 to 19.00

Sanctuary of the Caravaca de la Cruz – Cross of Caravaca Caravaca de la Cruz is the fifth holy city of the world after Santiago de Compostela, Santo Toribio de Liébana, Rome and Jerusalem. Therefore, in this location Holy Year is celebrated every seven years and one can achieve jubilee,plenary, solemn and universal indulgence. The next Holy Year will be in 2017.Continue Reading

Bilbao Cathedral

Bilbao Cathedral of St. James

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Catedral de Santiago de Bilbao, Bilbao, Španija

Weekdays 11.00 to 13.00 and 17.00 to 19.30

The Bilbao Cathedral with 26 Altars The Bilbao Cathedral is dedicated to St James the Apostle, the patron saint of Bilbao since 1643. Built in the fifteenth century, in a Gothic style, although its tower and façade are neo-Gothic. It has been renovated several times, the last time in 2000, when it reopened its doors again after a decade of extensive restoration.Continue Reading

Our Lady of the Pillar zaragoza

Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar in Zaragoza, Spain – 1st Marian sanctuary in the world. See Statue, Image and Mass times

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Basílica del Pilar, Zaragoza, Španija

Every day from 6.45 am to 8.30 pm (Summer 9.30 pm)

Coming to Zaragoza and having the best stay: Our Lady of the Pillar The devotion to the Our Lady of the Pillar is so deeply-rooted among the Spaniards and for so long that the Holy See allowed the establishment of the “Oficio del Pilar”. In this oficio the apparition of the Virgin of the Pillar is recorded as an “antique and devoted belief”.Continue Reading

Basilica de Begoña in Bilbao

Our Lady and Basilica de Begoña Bilbao

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Basílica de Begoña, Bilbao, Španija

Basilica de Begoña Bilbao The locals say that the Virgin of Begoña appeared in an oak tree, and that a hermitage was then built on that exact spot. This is the site on which the current impressive basilica was raised in 1519, designed by Sancho Martinez de Arego. Upon entering the temple you can feel the admiration and devotion for the “Amatxu de Begoña”, as the patron saint of Bizkaia is affectionately known.Continue Reading