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Augustinian Sites

Below is an illustrated index of the 13 Augustinian sites profiled on Sacred Destinations so far. For photo credits, please see corresponding articles.



  • Schnütgen Museum (St. Cecilia)
    Cologne, Germany
    Built in 1130-60 as a house for noble canonesses, it later became an Augustinian convent. Today the church shelters the Schnütgen Museum, an excellent collection of medieval religious art.
  • Dorchester Abbey
    Dorchester-on-Thames, England
    Now an Anglican parish church, Dorchester Abbey was a cathedral founded by St. Birinus in 635 AD and later became an Augustinian abbey. The present building dates from the 12th to 14th centuries.
  • Dryburgh Abbey
    Borders, Scotland
    Dryburgh Abbey is a ruined 12th-century abbey located on the Tweed River in the Borders region of Scotland. It is the final resting place of Sir Walter Scott.
  • Holyrood Abbey
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    Holyrood Abbey was founded in 1128 by King David I for Augustinian monks from St Andrews. Holyrood Palace, home of Scottish royalty, was later built next to the abbey.
  • Augustinerkloster
    Erfurt, Germany
    The main stop on the Luther Trail in Erfurt is this Augustinian monastery where Luther lived as a monk during his turbulent, formative years in 1505-11.
  • Southwark Cathedral
    London, England
    This 15th-century cathedral was the place of worship for William Shakespeare and Geoffrey Chaucer. A Shakespeare birthday service is held here every year.
  • St Bartholomew the Great
    London, England
    Founded in 1123 as a priory church, Great St. Bart's is one of the oldest churches in London and has appeared in several films. Today it is an active Anglican church known for its choral services.
  • Christ Church Cathedral
    Oxford, England
    This unique cathedral is also the chapel of Christ Church College, the most prestigious college in Oxford. It incorporates the ancient shrine of Oxford's patron saint, Frideswide.
  • Santa Maria del Popolo
    Rome, Italy
    A 15th-century church filled with Renaissance and Baroque art by masters such as Raphael, Caravaggio, and Bernini.
  • St Andrew's Cathedral
    St Andrews, Scotland
    Once the largest and most important church in Scotland, St Andrew's Cathedral (1160-1318) now lies in picturesque ruins overlooking the North Sea. Its museum contains important medieval artifacts.
  • Abbey of St. Florian
    Austria
    An impressive example of Baroque architecture, the Abbey of St. Florian is built around the grave of its namesake, the patron saint against fire and flood.
  • Augustinerkirche
    Vienna, Austria
    This was originally built in the 14th century as the parish church of the imperial court. Several royal weddings took place here and Hapsburg hearts are preserved in urns.
  • Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham
    Walsingham, England
    This shrine in rural Norfolk was founded in the 11th century after a local noblewoman had a vision of the Virgin Mary and became a very popular medieval pilgrimage destination. Suppressed at the English Reformation and revived in the early 20th century, it once again attracts many pilgrims.