Glastonbury Tor, England Glastonbury Tor is a conical hill in Glastonbury, England, which is topped by a 14th-century church tower. Rich in legend and mythological associations, Glastonbury Tor may have been a place of ancient ritual and it was certainly a place of pilgrimage for Catholics in medieval times. Today, it is a popular destination for visiting tourists, Grail theorists, ley-line enthusiasts, and those who make the climb to enjoy its sweeping view of Somerset countryside.
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Medieval skull clasp You are looking at a tiny book, no larger than an iPhone. Made c. 1500, it was designed for the road: it concerns a portable Book of Hours (or prayer book) that was carried around...
The use of the labyrinth as a spiritual tool became popular during the time of the Crusades when conflict in the Holy Land prevented medieval Christians from making their required pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Church leaders designated seven great European cathedrals as pilgrimage sites and installed labyrinth patterns (technically, unicursal paths) on the floor of several of them. By following the path, pilgrims could make a symbolic journey to Jerusalem, with the center of the labyrinth…
The guardians are traditional protectors at the Gypsy pilgrimage in Saintes Maries-de-la-Mer in the south of France. Thousands of Gypsies join the pilgrimage every year from all over Europe. For hundreds of years Gypsies have revered Saint Sara e Kali. The statue of Saint Sara is carried from the medieval church to the sea. Photo by Nigel Dickinson.
Conques, ancient sanctuary in the Aveyron. Medieval Conques was an important sanctuary at this time because the city was supposed to house the relics of Sainte-Foy. It is one of the important steps on the hiking & pilgrimage trail leading to Saint-Jacques de Compostela.
Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim is the largest medieval building in Scandinavia and the most important church in Norway. Since its foundation in 1066 it has been an important pilgrimage destination, thanks to its relics of St. Olav, a Norwegian king and national hero. My Dad's relatives are buried here. Someday I will visit...
Muswell Hill. N10. The name Muswell is believed to come from a natural spring or well (the "Mossy Well"), said to have miraculous properties. The traditional story tells that a Scottish king was cured of disease after drinking the water. The area became a place of pilgrimage for healing during medieval times. The River Moselle, which has its source in Muswell Hill, derives its name from this district; it was originally known as the Mosa or Mosella.
St HIlda's Well and church, Hinderwell, N. Yorkshire. The church is 18th C. but built on Saxon and medieval foundations. St. Hilda is said to have private retreats here, and it has been a site of pilgrimage ever since.
Pilgrimage season begins; St. Patrick’s Purgatory, Lough Derg, Ireland; June 1; St. Patrick fasted here for 40 days; a pilgrimage center from medieval times, and still extremely popular; exercises last 3 days, with partial fasting; the only modern pilgrimage conducted as in medieval times.
A medieval fortified gate and tower-house at Our Lady's Island, Co. Wexford. They were probably constructed by the Augustinian cannons, when they established a foundation at this well known pilgrimage site in the mid-15th century.