The historic and evocative city of Amsterdam will once again host its Silent Procession (Stille Omgang) on March 21st.
This important occasion follows the route used by pilgrims down the centuries in memory of the ‘Miracle of the Host’ in 1345. According to tradition, on March 15th in that year a seriously ill man lying in his house on the Kalverstraat received last rites from a priest.
After being given the sacrament, the man vomited up the host he had just consumed, which was thrown into the house’s fire. However, the next day, the host was found to be undamaged and was put into a box and taken to the local church.
Even more incredibly, the item made its way back to the house on Kalverstraat – twice – which informed the route that became Amsterdam’s Miracle Procession.
The Silent Procession itself came into being in the late 19th century after the Catholic faith regained its standing in Europe and a group of laymen decided to continue the traditional route and start a more modern ceremonial event.
Visitors to the city conducting Amsterdam sightseeing should not miss this unique spectacle which is shot through with quirky local history and fascinating origins.
Why not book the City Tour, Bus and Boat in advance?