The Porziuncola chapel in the basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Assisi, Italy. It is the place where the Franciscan movement first started.
According to tradition the first chapel was built in the 4th century by hermits from the valley of Josophat in the Holy Land, who brought relics from Mary’s tomb. This shrine was known as both Our Lady of the Valley of Josaphat and Our Lady of the Angels, which is believed to be a reference to Mary’s assumption.
In 1208 the chapel was given to St Francis and his community. It was in a bad state and the friars immediately took to restoring the small shrine, thus making it the first Franciscan church in history.
Maria zum Schnee
The interior of the mountain chapel of Our Lady of Snow in Rigi Klösterli, Switzerland. The chapel was built in the 17th century.
Above the high altar there is a copy of the icon of Mary known as Salus Populi Romani. The original is venerated in the archbasilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome.
A vintage postcard of pilgrims praying before the Chapel of Grace inside the basilica of Mariazell, Austria.
The silver gates of the chapel were a gift to the shrine from Emperor Leopold I (1658-1705). The miraculous statue of Mary is placed on a silver baroque altar inside the chapel.