Pilgrimage, or a trip with religious purposes, is one of the oldest forms of tourism, which has deep historical roots. One of the first tourists was the medieval pilgrims.
Religious travel has three main goals.
The first – and the most common – visit to iconic places for this religion. Believers go or go to places where legendary, significant events took place or are happening: a lot of pilgrims from time immemorial come to Mecca, Jerusalem, to Calvary, to Orthodox churches, the Vatican, large Buddhist temples.
Even in the Middle Ages, people believed that in such “centers of faith” their prayers were especially effective. Continue reading