England's Most Visited Spiritual Site Is a Marian Shrine

WALSINGHAM, England, SEPT. 5, 2003 (Zenit.org).- The town of Walsingham, with its Catholic Marian shrine and Anglican Marian shrine, is the country’s most-visited spiritual site.

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This was revealed in a survey by BBC’s Radio 4, published last month, which gave the list of the 10 spiritual places most visited by the British.

The town, in North Norfolk region, is famous for the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, founded in 1061 and destroyed at the Reformation. Noblewoman Richeldis had a vision in 1061 in which the Virgin Mary appeared to her and asked her to build a replica of her home in Nazareth, the reason why this shrine is popularly known as England’s Nazareth.

The Slipper Chapel was restored in 1934, and is now the National Catholic Shrine of Our Lady. The shrine is the object of pilgrimage of thousands of people. Sources say that visits to the shrine have noticeably increased in recent years, though they didn’t have precise numbers.

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