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A pilgrimage church (German: Wallfahrtskirche) is a church to which pilgrimages are regularly made, or a church along a pilgrimage route, like the Way of St. James, that is visited by pilgrims.

The Calvary Church in Bonn with its holy stairway

Pilgrimage churches are often located by the graves of saints, or hold portraits to which miraculous properties are ascribed or saintly relics that are safeguarded by the church for their veneration. Such relics may include the bones, books or pieces of clothing of the saints, occasionally also fragments of the cross of Jesus, pieces of the crown of thorns, the nails with which he was fixed to the cross and other similar objects. Pilgrimage churches were also built at places where miracles took place.

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List of Roman Catholic pilgrimage churchesEdit

Churches are listed in alphabetical order of the sites in or near where they are located.

AustriaEdit

 
Andenken an Birkenstein postcard. University of Dayton Libraries.

BrazilEdit

CroatiaEdit

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Trsat, Dalmatia, Croatia: Pilgrimage Shrine of Our Lady of Trsat, Cathedral of St Vitus

Czech RepublicEdit

FranceEdit

GermanyEdit

 
Neviges pilgrimage cathedral
 
The Apollinaris Church in Remagen

GibraltarEdit

Great BritainEdit

IrelandEdit

IsraelEdit

ItalyEdit

LatviaEdit

LithuaniaEdit

MexicoEdit

 
Guadalupe Basilica postcard. University of Dayton Libraries.

NetherlandsEdit

PhilippinesEdit

PolandEdit

 
Divine Mercy Sanctuary (Kraków), also known as Łagiewniki

PortugalEdit

SlovakiaEdit

SpainEdit

SwitzerlandEdit

TurkeyEdit

See alsoEdit