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The Einsiedeln monastery has always been the destination of many pilgrimages. Today, Einsiedeln is not only the religious center of Switzerland and the southern German-speaking region, but also pilgrims from all over the world come here.

Landeswallfahrt, graphische Sammlung, Zürich

19th-century pilgrimage, with a statue of the Madonna of Grace in front, and a cross and flag behind it. A huge procession fills the whole square and gives an idea of the impressive ceremonial of such a pilgrimage. (Graphic Collection of the ZB Zurich)

Black Madonna of Einsiedeln

gothic black Madonna with child in baroque robe; picture from www.wallfahrt-einsiedeln.ch
Her wardrobe includes 27 robes with matching crowns and sceptres