Shrine facts

Be inspired from the shrines, famous events, apparitions and other insights from the rich history of catholic sanctuaries around the world.

The great Duomo Organ in the Milan Cathedral

The great Duomo Organ in the Milan cathedral remains firmly in second place in Europe for the number of pipes. And ranks (only to the instrument in Passau cathedral in Germany surpasses it). And it is one of the fifteen largest organs in the world. It was built in 1938 by the Mascioni firm of Cuvio (Varese) and by Tamburini of Crema, and was restored and repositioned entirely in the Presbytery by Tamburini in 1986…. Continue Reading

Marian Pilgrimage route from France to Spain

The Marian Pilgrimage route from France to Spain is an itinerary of cultural and religious interest that links up the sanctuaries of: Our Lady of the El Pilar – Zaragoza, Spain Torreciudad sanctuary -Huesca, Spain Montserrat sanctuary – Barcelona, Spain Meritxell – Andorra Lourdes – France Guided by the faith, spirituality and Marian Devotion, the itinerary possesses a great wealth in touristic spaces, nature, architecture, gastronomy or charming villages with a special enchantment. The route… Continue Reading

What is a Minor and Major Basilica?

Basilicas in this canonical sense are divided into major and minor basilicas. Today only four, all in Rome, are classified as major basilicas: These four major basilicas are distinguished by their having a holy door and for being prescribed as destinations for visits as one of the conditions for gaining the Roman Jubilee. Only the Pope and his delegatees may celebrate mass at the high altar. What is a Minor basilica? By canon law no… Continue Reading