Visited by thousands a year, Máriagyűd is a place for people who want to become healed, writes The village, located 25 km from Pécs in Baranya County, has been the scene of many incredible recoveries. Its church, situated outside of the inhabited area, in the nature, is considered as one of the most ancient shrines in the country.

According to a legend mentioned by Wikipedia, Máriagyűd was named after Győd, son of the chief of Cumans, Etu who were among the settlers. The chapel of the statue of Mary was built by the Benedictines in 1006. As a place of pilgrimage, it was officially acknowledged by Pope Pius VII in 1805, but has been popular for pilgrims since the 17th century.

Femina recalls another legend when people became cured in Máriagyűd of plague during the epidemic of 1738. Moreover, it is said that hundreds of people who needed the support of crutches could walk again after visiting the village. The site also notes the appearance of the Virgin Mary in the church window in front of a Catholic farmer, in 1867. Today although, the altar has a different work of art as the statue of Mary can be seen in Eszék.

The main day of pilgrimage to the shrine of Mary is the 2nd of June, but alongside this day, pilgrims hold religious events on major Catholic holidays, about 25-27 times a year, says Wikipedia. The number of visitors each year is said to be around 500 thousand.

Make sure to pay a visit to Máriagyűd, in case you are interested in such places, events.

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