Spain: the pilgrim route Ruta Mariana comes back to life after confinement – culture
(ANSAmed) – NAPLES, OCTOBER 19 – More than 12 million tourists a year walk along the Ruta Mariana, an ancient pilgrimage route in the footsteps of the Virgin Mary that leaves Spain, crosses Andorra and reaches France , at the foot of the Pyrenees.
The route comes to life after the lockdown caused by Covid and it is one of the most famous for Spanish tourism which embraces five of the most famous European Marian shrines, starting from the Sanctuary of Pilar in Zaragoza, and then touching Torreciudad in the city ââof Huesca, cross the Principality of Andorra where Meritxell is located, then Barcelona with Montserrat to reach Lourdes. It is at this place that, in the holy cave, the Virgin would have appeared to Bernadette Soubirous with miraculous water as a gift. In this place, each year, more than six million people come from all over the world to visit what is considered a “symbol” of support and hope.
The route attracts tourists, pilgrims as well as those who are attracted by the art and the landscape around the sanctuaries, like the Pyrenees which are home to more than one of these holy places, or the natural park of the mountain of Montserrat, where the âMorenetaâ was venerated and where the monks, while ensuring the worship of the Virgin Mary, safeguard culture and art.
In the monastery museum it is possible to admire the works of art of Berruguete, el Greco, Caravaggio, Luca Giordano, Tiepolo. The exhibition space is made up of six collections, for a total of more than 1,300 masterpieces that cover a very wide period.
La Ruta can be traveled in different ways: by train, on foot or by bicycle, in some areas, from one of the five shrines, organizing personalized programs.
There is no closed route because taking the Ruta does not mean that all five shrines must be visited at the same time. From Pilar to Zaragoza, where thousands of pilgrims arrive to venerate Our Lady who, according to ancient tradition, in AD 40. Also the Sanctuary of Torreciudad, in the Aragonese region of Ribagorza, has over the centuries become a place welcoming thousands of families and groups, becoming one of the most visited places in the Aragonese Pyrenees. The Sanctuary of Meritxell in Andorra, was recently included in the Ruta and was recognized a few years ago by Pope Francis as a minor basilica. (ANSAmed).