Pilgrimage Trails of Silesians

  • Date of event : 28.02.2011


[9 December, 2010-27 February, 2011]

To go on a pilgrimage means to make a journey to a sacred site for the purposes of religious worship, thanksgiving or praying for God’s grace. Pilgrimages are almost as old as mankind. Apart from their religious dimension, they have played a role in expanding human experience. Pilgrimages enabled the pilgrims to familiarize themselves with new environments, new customs, new regions and places, which facilitated broadening of interests.



 A postcard with views of Piekary Sląskie, 1898. Property The Silesian Museum in Katowice.

St. Jacob seashell, 1982. Property of The Archdiocesan Museum in Katowice

St. Jacob seashell, 1982. Property of The Archdiocesan Museum in Katowice


The exhibition will present the pilgrimage destinations that have been chosen by Silesians, including the largest sanctuaries such as Jerusalem, Rome, Santiago de Compostela, Cęstochowa, Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, Mount St. Ann, Piekary Sląskie as well as local shrines. We will see numerous relics connected with pilgrimages: holy paintings, panoramas of monasteries and shrines, documents, publications (prayer books, songbooks, kalwaryjki [Calvary prayer books], devotional articles such as rosaries, crucifixes, holy medals, plaques, statues of saints), souvenirs. The exhibition aims to present the spiritual, historical and moral dimension of pilgrimages, both today and in the past.


The exhibition will be accompanied by concerts and lectures.



Curator: Małgorzata Paul 







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