The Black Madonna of Einsiedeln

Since the Middle Ages the Chapel of Our Lady with the famous Black Madonna of Einsiedeln has been one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Europe. Pope John Paul II came to this picturesque Swiss town in the summer of 1984 to celebrate the 1050th anniversary of the Benedictine Abbey and to consecrate the new main altar of the church.

Einsiedeln is the most important Marian sanctuary in Switzerland. It was built on the site of the hermitage and chapel of St. Meinrad, born around 800, who was murdered. The Benedictine abbey was founded in 934. In the 18th century a quadrilateral monastery was built and within it a Baroque church with a miraculous statue of Our Lady from around 1450, called the Black Madonna.

Einsiedeln offers numerous places of interest. The region around Lake Sihl is a true paradise for all kinds of sports and activities, in summer and in winter. Tradition, spirituality, culture and sports can be found here. Einsiedeln offers something interesting for everyone.


John Paul II praying in front of the Black Madonna of Einsiedeln
John Paul II during the consecration of the new altar

  • City Einsiedeln
  • Country Switzerland