A Guide To Visiting Miraculous Knock
Posted on November 19, 2012 by sguese
Tucked away in a relatively undeveloped area in County Mayo, Knock miraculously draws tourists by the millions. The big draw to this corner of Ireland is the religious pilgrimage site where 15 villagers saw an apparition of the Virgin Mary in 1879. While the small village in East Mayo is recognized as a place of prayer and pilgrimage, the area offers plenty for day-trippers with a car hire from Knock.
Begin at the Knock Museum
A good place to begin a tour through Knock and its importance to the area is at the Knock Museum. The museum captures the unique story of the Knock Apparition of 1879. It also profiles the 15 people who witnessed the event, which transformed the small village. Visitors to the Knock Museum can comb through displays that place the apparition in the context of life in 1879. Admission provides a look at an unique collection of pilgrims’ personal memories and stories.
Experience the Miraculous at the Knock Shrine
After trolling through the Knock Museum, visitors can then head for the miraculous site, the Knock Shrine. An international place of prayer and pilgrimage, the site draws 1.5 million people each year. Many come to the shine in search of healing, reconciliation and peace. The Knock Shine sets up on 100 acres of landscaped gardens and incorporates the Apparition Chapel, the Parish Church and Basilica.
Day Trip to the Area’s Abbeys
Knock sits in a prime location to explore several notable abbeys in the area. Just 20 miles west of Knock, drivers can head to the Ballintubber Abbey. Used continuously for almost 800 years, the abbey was founded in 1216. Visitors see an impressive church with 13th century windows and a doorway from the 15th century. Also worth a visit in County Mayo is the Errew Abbey. The atmospheric ruined 13th century Augustinian church boasts a well-preserved cloister.
Visit the Naturally Blessed at Céide Fields
About an hour and half away from Knock, you can see a miraculous site rivaling the Knock Shrine. Set up in a breathtaking setting above huge chalk cliffs are the Céide Fields, where ancient people once lived, worked and buried their dead. A farmer discovered the Stone Age fields, megalithic tombs and foundations of a village. Today visitors can see a pattern of farm fields laid out 5,000 years ago.
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