Jaarlijkse El Rocio-pelgrimage naar de maagd Maria is een van de grootste ter wereld

Pilgrims ride their horses crossing the Quema river on their way to the shine of El Rocio in the countryside of Almonte in Huelva province, Spain, Thursday May 16, 2013. The annual pilgrimage to the shrine of El Rocio in the southern province of Huelva, one of the biggest pilgrimages in the world with one of the largest crowds, brings together hundred of thousands pilgrims every year making their way for several days from throughout Andalusia, either on foot, on horseback or in horse drawn carriages, to the Hermitage of El Rocio. This cult dates back to the 13th century, when a hunter discovered a statue of the Virgin Mary in a tree trunk in the Donyana Park and a chapel was built on the site of the tree (El Rocio) and it became a place of pilgrimage. (AP Photo/Miguel Angel Morenatti) AP