Saint-Pierre de Bessuéjouls

Saint-Pierre de Bessuéjouls

In making his appearance on Mount Gargano, he chose himself the high place and for that reason, wherever in the world his church is constructed, it is in such a place The belltower of Saint-Pierre de Bessuéjouls is a remarkable vestige of the Pilgrimage Road. The...
We venerate the saints in their bodies or better in their relics

We venerate the saints in their bodies or better in their relics

In the Book of Revelation, after the breaking of the fifth seal, the author declares, “I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held” From early Christianity, it was the practice to venerate the...
The relics of many saints were revealed by various signs

The relics of many saints were revealed by various signs

The edict of the Council of Carthage regarding the placing of saintly relics under all altars had been allowed to lapse but it was now revived. However, with the wave of church building which was now taking place in western Europe, the shortage of suitable additional...
Introduction: The Compostelan Universe

Introduction: The Compostelan Universe

Santiago de Compostela lies only twenty miles inland from the Atlantic ocean at the far western extremity of the European landmass, adjacent to a point of land known to the Romans as Finis Terra, the “End of the Earth”. The seemingly limitless expanse of ocean beyond...
The Pilgrimage Roads

The Pilgrimage Roads

The pilgrimage roads as defined in the twelfth century manuscript referred to as the Book of Saint James follow four distinct routes across France. As they reach Spain they join to form a single route, known today as the Camino Francès. The four French roads travel...
Chansons de Geste

Chansons de Geste

  Video: Roland Lintel Saint-Pierre Angoulême An Artsymbol Production Music by Martin A Smith Duration 3:24 At the same time that the culture of pilgrimage was growing another, vernacular tradition developed. This was the oral storytelling known as the Chansons...
The Mausoleum of Compostela

The Mausoleum of Compostela

In this revered basilica, as it is reported, in his honour rests the venerated body of the Blessed James. It is enclosed in a marble casket placed in a most precious vaulted tomb. His body is immovable. The Pilgrim’s Guide   Twelve hundred years ago on the...
The World will End in 6000 years

The World will End in 6000 years

The Annus Mundi method of calculating time from the beginning of the world had been largely superceded by the ninth century, nevertheless it still exerted its influence in matters of an eschatological nature. All along the pilgrimage roads to Santiago de Compostela...
Picture Gallery: Jaca San Pedro

Picture Gallery: Jaca San Pedro

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Picture Gallery: Cahors Saint Etienne North Porch

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Picture Gallery: Saint Sernin de Toulouse La Porte Miègeville

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Sancho el Mayor and the Camino

Sancho el Mayor and the Camino

From the mountains of the Pyrenees to the city of Najera he seized all the land contained therein from the control of the pagans and directed the road of the Blessed James to a way without delays and obstacles     Video: The Camino  Santa María de Eunate to...

Picture Gallery: Thiviers Notre Dame de l’Assomption

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Picture Gallery: Marginal Romanesque Sculpture

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The Compostelan Saints: the Saintly Remains on this Road

The Compostelan Saints: the Saintly Remains on this Road

The Compostelan saints were those listed in the Book of Saint James. The four roads to Compostela were described according to the reliquary shrines of the saints to be found on the way. Chapter eight of the Pilgrim’s Guide contained a list of twenty-three...
Santiago de Compostela and La Puerta de las Platerías

Santiago de Compostela and La Puerta de las Platerías

  Video: La Puerta de las Platerías Santiago de Compostela An Artsymbol Production Music by Martin A Smith Duration: 5.10   On the south portal of the apostolic basilica there are, as we have said, two entrances and four door-leaves   The name of La Puerta...
Saint-Sernin de Toulouse: La Porte Miègeville

Saint-Sernin de Toulouse: La Porte Miègeville

The angels, they also doubted Ambrose of Milan   Video: La Porte Miègeville, Saint Sernin de Toulouse An Original Artsymbol Production Music by Martin A Smith Duration 6:15   The Porte Miègeville was so named because it was at the end of the street which...
Picture Gallery: Santa María la Real de Sangüesa

Picture Gallery: Santa María la Real de Sangüesa

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Vézelay and the Relics of Mary Magdalene

Vézelay and the Relics of Mary Magdalene

How the relics of blessed Mary Magdalene came to the French town of Vézelay ought to be commented on briefly Possession of the relics of Mary Magdalene enabled the abbey of Vézelay in Burgundy to become one of the most important pilgrimage centres in the whole of...