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Miraculous Image

Below is an illustrated index of the 15 Miraculous Image profiled on Sacred Destinations so far. For photo credits, please see corresponding articles.



  • Shrine of Our Lady of Absam
    Absam, Austria
  • Christ of the Tears
    Cochabamba, Bolivia
    Since 1995, a small statue of Christ has wept bloody tears on Good Friday. A number of investigations have been carried out, and the phenomenon remains unexplained. You can even watch a video of the event.
  • Virgen de la Candelaria
    Copacabana, Bolivia
    This sparkling white basilica is home to a miraculous statue of the Virgin Mary made by an Inca craftsman in 1576. The patron saint of Bolivia, the Virgin of Copacabana receives many pilgrims and festivals in her honor.
  • Shrine of Our Lady of Częstochowa
    Czestochowa, Poland
    The Monastery of Jasna Gora in Czestochowa is the third-largest Catholic shrine in the world. Home to the beloved miraculous icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa, the monastery is the national shrine of Poland and the center of Polish Catholicism.
  • Einsiedeln
    Canton Schwyz, Switzerland
    This important Catholic shrine includes the relics of a saint, a miraculous Black Madonna statue and a Benedictine monastery. Einsiedeln is also home to the world's largest nativity scene.
  • El Cobre
    Cuba
    This copper mining town in southwest Cuba is home to La Virgen de la Caridad, a miraculous statue of the Virgin Mary. The shrine is the most important religious site on the island for Catholics and non-Catholics alike.
  • Esquipulas Basilica
    Esquipulas, Guatemala
    Called the "spiritual center of Central America" by Pope John Paul II, the Basilica of Esquipulas attracts many pilgrims to its miraculous statue of the Black Christ carved in 1595.
  • Lucca Cathedral (San Martino)
    Lucca, Italy
    This beautiful marble cathedral boasts magnificent Romanesque sculptures on its facade and a much-revered crucifix (the Volto Santo) sheltered inside.
  • Our Lady of Maria Plain
    Austria
    The hilltop shrine of Our Lady of Maria Plain, home to a miraculous image of the Virgin Mary, has been a top pilgrimage destination for over three centuries. Mozart wrote his Coronation Mass inside the Sanctuary here.
  • Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe
    Mexico City, Mexico
    The holiest shrine in Latin America and most popular Catholic shrine in the world, this basilica houses a miraculous image of the Virgin Mary who appeared to an Aztec convert.
  • Montserrat Shrine
    Catalonia, Spain
    Located atop a rugged mountain near Barcelona, this popular pilgrimage destination has attracted pilgrims since the 12th century, who come to venerate the miraculous Black Madonna.
  • Rocamadour Shrine
    Rocamadour, France
    Located about 100 miles north of Toulouse, Rocamadour is a spectacular natural and religious site perched high on a rocky plateau that receives 1.5 million visitors each year.
  • Loreto Church
    Salzburg, Austria
  • Seidnaya
    Syria
    This hillside town 20 miles north of Damascus is crowned by a 6th-century monastery dedicated to the Nativity of the Virgin Mary. It contains a miraculous icon painted by St. Luke, and attracts Christian and Muslim pilgrims seeking healing.
  • Santa Maria dei Miracoli
    Venice, Italy
    This barrel shaped church covered in marble slabs is a favorite among Venetians for weddings. Inside, the ceiling glistens with golden miniatures of holy figures.