in 84503 Altötting, Bavaria (DE)
Altötting – Heart of Bavaria - Shrine of EuropeFor more than 1250 years Altötting has been the spiritual centre of Bavaria and for more than 500 years the most significant place of pilgrimage in Germany in veneration of the Virgin Mary. More than 1 million pilgrims and visitors per year seek the Black Madonna which is kept inside the Chapel of Grace, the small sacred building in the middle of the chapel square. From May to October numerous pilgrimages and festive church services take place. The highlight 2006 was of course the visit of Pope emeritus Benedict XVI on September 11th with the festive celebration of a Holy Mass on the chapel square.
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