Places of pilgrimage, historic monasteries and churches.
Beauty and the harshness of mountain landscape invites us to reflection. That is why there is a lot of shrines.
Shrines are described in the following data: name, address, brief description, link to the website of tourist attraction, photo.
The Cathédrale St-Sauveur in Aix was built from the 5th century to the 15th century. Its many highlights include an ancient baptistery, a fine cloister, and Nicolas Fromen`s Burning Bush Triptych.
A cosmopolitan city in southern France with about 90,000 inhabitants, Avignon is best known for being the Franco Vaticano (French Vatican), the temporary home of the Popes in the 14th century.
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In the Middle Ages, Cluny was the center of a major monastic movement. Its church was the largest Christian building in the world until St. Peter`s was rebuilt in the 16th century.
Le Puy has been a religious center since ancient times, thanks to its mystical landscape of volcanic pinnacles. Since the Middle Ages, Le Puy has been a major place of pilgrimage (Charlemagne visited twice) as well as a starting point for the Camino de Santiago.
The pride of Nîmes, the Maison Carrée (5 BC) is one of the most beautiful, and certainly one of the best-preserved, Roman temples of Europe.
Notre-Dame de la Garde
This ornate Neo-Byzantine church sits atop the signal hill of La Garde, the highest natural point in Marseille. As well as a major local landmark, the basilica is the focus of a popular annual pilgrimage on the Feast of the Assumption.
Founded in 1148, the Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque is a lovely Cistercian abbey and one of the best places to see Provence`s famed lavender fields.
Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette
La Salette, a small town of 200 people south of Grenoble, was the site of apparitions of the Virgin Mary in 1846. The Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette is a major place of pilgrimage.
Shrine of St. John Vianney
In this small French town, St. John Vianney founded an orphanage and became internationally famed for his ability to read souls in the confessional and predict future events.