The changing role of railways in the life of european pilgrimage shrine

Eade John: The changing role of railways in the life of european pilgrimage shrine. In: Religion, culture, society, (2). pp. 154-190. (2015)

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This paper examines the changing role of the railway in the develop-ment of one of the most important Roman Catholic shrines – Lourdes in France. During the second half of the nineteenth and the first half of the twentieth century trains were vital in establishing Lourdes’ position as a major national and inter-national shrines. Although the expansion of car ownership and tourism after the Second World War have vastly increased, the numbers visiting the shrine, the importance of the railway has declined. This paper examines the changing role played by the railway in the shrine’s development, the declining importance of organised pilgrimage groups and the growth of individual choice and the flexibil-ity provided by diverse modes of transport. It concludes with a consideration of the relevance of this case study to the study of pilgrimage and tourism in Europe and beyond.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Religion, culture, society
Date: 2015
Volume: 2
ISSN: 1416-7972
Page Range: pp. 154-190
Language: English
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Vallási turizmus - zarándoklat - vasút szerepe
Additional Information: Bibliogr.: p. 164-165. ; ill.
Subjects: 06. Humanities
06. Humanities > 06.03. Philosophy, ethics and religion
Date Deposited: 2020. May. 11. 14:45
Last Modified: 2023. May. 09. 13:47

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