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In the past pilgrimages were one of the main reasons for travelling and it was almost necessary for a pilgrim to return from the pilgrimage with material evidence of his travels. The pilgrims would often buy rosaries from the stalls erected in front of churches on religious holidays and in pilgrimage centres across Europe. A rosary helps the worshipper keep track of his prayers. Sometimes rosaries were also worn as jewellery or they were hung on the wall as a decoration in the corner of the home devoted to god. Our collection of rosaries, also known as prayer beads or chaplets, consists of approximately 50 examples. They all originate from the period between the 17th and 20th century. The most valuable of them all is the 17th century Maria Zell rosary.