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Pilgrim’s journey

 

Our annual celebration is closely related to the the miracle in the castle’s Holy Cross Chapel in 1353 in order to commemorate the links with the past and with the story of the medieval pilgrims. To acknowledge and celebrate the tradition of pilgrimage, Vastseliina Episcopal Castle organizes an event at the beginning of each September.

On that day our visitors can take part in the traditional public procession to the holy shrine, and attend the ceremony and lectures on the legend of the White Cross miracle . In 2017, Lagle Parek with her friends from Pirita Monastery visited Vastseliina Episcopal Castle in order to open up the Pirita – Vana -Vastseliina Pilgrim Route. A short film by Jaan Kolberg gave a general overview of pilgrim routes and created the impression of the lifestyle. Martin Malve spoke fascinating stories about the skull bones and skeletons found during the excavation and construction of  Pilgrim House in Vana- Vastseliina.

The next event takes place on 8th September 2018 in Vastseliina Episcopal Castle.

You are all welcome!

Watch the event in 2017 (in Estonian).

The Estonian Pilgrim Route begins at Pirita Convent and ends at Vana- Vastseliina. Thanks to the friends in Pirita, Estonia has its own pilgrim route.

The Estonian pilgrim route passes through the important places in Estonian cultural history via narrow remote paths from one sanctuary to another.

Pilgrims on their way run into old mansons and chapels, small cemeteries and also local museums and Estonian heritage conservation areas.

If you are interested, you can find more information about the pilgrim routes on the homepage.

Pilgrim house

 

Pilgrim House in Medieval Theme Park presents medieval lifestyle related to pilgrims and pilgrimage. Thanks to the interactive exhibits and visual displays, visitors are able to experience what the medieval pilgrims felt, feared and loved. In addition, various medieval sacred places are presented and most popular pilgrimage destinations are introduced.

Holy Cross Chapel in Vastseliina was one of the most famous destinations in Northern Europe. Enrich your medieval experience with the cooking and tasting the food that was eaten by pilgrims long ago. While wandering Pilgrim House you discover serious difficulties and pleasures pilgrims encountered on their arduous journey. Moreover, you can distinguish from your own experience between the rich and poor pilgrims’ lifestyles while sleeping at different beds.

Like other people at that time, the pilgrims were never protected from illnesses, therefore various treatment possibilities are presented. Medieval board games can be played which were common for pilgrims to kill time. We offer a range of interesting workshops influenced by the medieval times and pilgrimage. You can choose between making real wax candles or learning writing in a quill pen, used in the past.

In the end, visitors are able to sightsee the holy shrine, the location of  Holy Cross Chapel, and light a candle for a sign of repentance or make a wish.

For further information about Pilgrim House please contact us by email linnus@vastseliina.ee.

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