How did the plan of this church accommodate the needs of pilgrims?
The pilgrimage church increased the length of the nave and doubled the side aisles. The pilgrimage church added transept, ambulatory and radiating chapels in order to accommodate the increased numbers of pilgrims following the route in order to view the relics.
How did Romanesque churches accommodate the large crowds of pilgrims?
For one, the church needed large doors to accommodate large crowds, and a sizeable, west-facing portal became a standard feature of these churches. Also, if you ever look at the blueprints of a Romanesque church, you’ll notice several smaller chapels jutting off the sides, generally around the apse.
What was the main reason that pilgrims visited different churches?
In the Middle Ages the Church encouraged people to make pilgrimages to special holy places called shrines. It was believed that if you prayed at these shrines you might be forgiven for your sins and have more chance of going to heaven. Others went to shrines hoping to be cured from an illness they were suffering from.
What is a pilgrimage plan?
The plan was designed to accommodate large crowds so that pilgrims could circulate around the building, along aisles, and past the shrine that was usually displayed near the altar. Pilgramage churches are large and generally have a long transept which intersects the nave.
What was a major Romanesque attraction for European Christians making pilgrimages to particular churches?
The three major pilgrimage destinations were Santiago de Compostela in Spain, St. Peter’s in Rome, and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem (after it had been liberated from the Muslims in 1099).
Why did people visit Canterbury on pilgrimages?
During the Middle Ages thousands of pilgrims came on a journey to Canterbury each year to visit the shrine of Thomas Becket to pray and seek help for their problems. Many would come long distances, including from all over Europe. Some would come on foot, while those who could afford it might ride on horseback.
What was the purpose of pilgrimage?
ABOUT THIS UNIT: A pilgrimage is a sacred journey, undertaken for a spiritual purpose. Pilgrims are different from tourists: they travel for spiritual reasons, not just to relax or for fun. Pilgrimage is a search for meaning, purpose, values or truth (and in this sense, like life).