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Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France

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Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France

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Scallop shell engraving at Mont Saint Michel, the symbol of the pilgrimage to Santiago

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The routes of the Way of St. James that run through France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain have been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List

The four main pilgrimage routes from France began at Paris, Vézelay, Le Puy, and Arles respectively, and each of these was fed by a number of subsidiary routes. Thus, the start of the Paris route saw the convergence of routes from Boulogne, Tournai, and the Low Countries, whilst routes from Caen, Mont-Saint-Michel, and Brittany joined it at intermediate points such as Tours, Poitiers, Saint-Jean-d'Angély, and Bordeaux (which also served as the port for pilgrims coming by sea from England and coastal areas of Brittany and Normandy). Le Puy was the link with the Rhône valley, whilst those coming from Italy passed through Arles. The three western routes converged at Ostabat, crossing the Pyrenees by means of the Ibaneta pass, whilst the eastern route from Arles used the Somport pass; the two routes joined in Spain at Puente-la-Reina. The total length identified as being associated with the pilgrimage is over 5000km, but only seven short sections on the Le Puy route (the via podensis of the Codex) are coherent enough for inclusion in the nomination.

The national survey of Santiago de Compostela routes in France has identified some 800 properties of all kinds that have associations with the pilgrimage. In this inscription, 71 properties were selected. In addition, seven stretches of the Chemin du Puy are included in the nomination.

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The Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain has an important place in Western European history dating back to the Middle Ages.

To be considered a true pilgrim the last 100 km must be covered on foot or the last 200km by bike or horse.

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The route runs through many of the most interesting places in France

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A scallop shell is the traditional symbol of pilgrims to Santiago.

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There are traditinal hostels along the route offering low cost accommodation to pilgrims.

  • Pilgrims' Home Hospitalet Saint Jacques, 21 rue Félix Despagnet 40800 Aire sur l'Adour France, [1]. . Established and kept by two pilgrims. Just on “le Puy” way of Saint James (GR 65), 300m from the centre of the city and shops. 6 beds in 2 bedrooms. Beds are not bunk. Fares 2018: Night 15 €/person, breakfast 5,50 €. Dinner 9€50.Kitchen full equiped, central heating, veranda, garden, feet cares, advices for the way in Spain. Quiet, share and rest place (Christian accommodation). Reservation: possible by phone 05 58 52 31 68. Only for pilgrims walking bearing their rucksack and credential. Sorry it is impossible to welcome persons using a vehicle.  edit
  • Pilgrims' Home la Maison des Pèlerins, 4 rue Général Labat 40800 Aire sur l'Adour France, 05 58 71 68 07 / 07 80 04 11 40 (), [2]. tipical house of 19th century in the old-town. Established from 2004 with Isabelle and Alejandro, French and Spanish pilgrims. In “le Puy” Way of Saint James (GR 65). 15 beds in 5 bedrooms in rooms of 2,3 and 6. Only among St. James pilgrims. No bunk beds. Open kitchen full equiped (free), heating, advices for the Way in France/Spain, wifi, washing machine and dryer. Open from March to November. Night 15 €, breakfast 5 € (Abundant). Dinner 14 € (Abundant, taken all together with the innkeepers)..  edit
  • La Grange saint Jaques (315m), 46230 Bach (On GR65 at entry to Bach), 0565310875. checkin: PM; checkout: c 09:00. Gite d`etape mini dormitories 3 and 4 persons breakfast and evening meal available. Cooking possible. Chambre d`hote also available for those who prefer privacy. 10 bed in dormitory 2 (pos 4) chambre d`hote 13€.  edit

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78 sites are included on the World Heritage List. Here is a full list of all the sites arranged by region.

Périgueux : Cathedral

Saint-Avit-Sénieur : Church

Le Buisson-de-Cadouin : Abbay

Bazas : Old Cathedral

Bordeaux : Cathédrale Saint-André, Basilica of Saint-Seurin, Basilica of Saint-Michel

La Sauve-Majeure : Abbaye, Church of Saint-Pierre

Soulac-sur-Mer : Church of Notre-Dame-de-la-Fin-des-Terres

Aire-sur-l'Adour : Church of Sainte-Quitterie

Mimizan : clocher

Sorde-l'Abbaye : abbaye Saint-Jean

Saint-Sever : abbaye

Agen : Cathedral Saint Caprais

Bayonne : Cathedral Sainte-Marie

L'Hôpital-Saint-Blaise : Church

Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port : Bridge of Saint Jacques

Oloron-Sainte-Marie : Eglise Sainte Marie

Clermont-Ferrand : église Notre-Dame-du-Port

Le-Puy-en-Velay : Cathédrale, Hôtel-Dieu Saint-Jacques


La Charité-sur-Loire : église prieurale Sainte-Croix-Notre-Dame

Asquins : église Saint-Jacques d'Asquins

Vézelay : ancienne abbatiale Sainte-Madeleine

Neuvy-Saint-Sépulchre : collégiale Saint-Etienne (anciennement collégiale Saint-Jacques)

Bourges : cathédrale Saint-Etienne

L'Epine : basilique Notre-Dame

Châlons-en-Champagne : église Notre-Dame-en-Vaux

Paris : Tower of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Boucherie

Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert :ancienne abbaye de Gellone

Aniane/Saint-Jean-de-Fos : Pont du Diable

Saint-Gilles-du-Gard :ancienne abbatiale

Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat : église Saint-Léonard

Audressein : église de Tramesaygues Midi-Pyrénées

Saint-Lizier : Old Cathédrale and cloîster, cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-la-Sède, Palace épiscopal, rampart

Conques : abbatiale Sainte-Foy, Bridge over the Dourdou

Espalion : Pont-Vieux (old Bridge)

Estaing : pont sur le Lot (Bridge over the Lot) Saint-Chély-d'Aubrac : pont dit " des pèlerins " sur la Boralde

Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges : Old Cathédrale Notre-Dame, PaleoChristian Basilica, chapelle Saint-Julien

Toulouse : basilique Saint-Sernin, Hôtel-Dieu Saint-Jacques

Valcabrère : église Saint-Just

Auch : cathédrale Sainte-Marie

Beaumont-sur-l'Osse et Larressinge : Pont d'Artigue ou de Lartigue

La Romieu : collégiale Saint-Pierre

Cahors : cathédrale Saint-Etienne, pont Valentré

Gréalou : dolmen de Pech-Laglaire

Figeac : hôpital Saint-Jacques

Rocamadour : Church of Saint-Sauveur and crypt of Saint-Amadour

Aragnouet : hospice du Plan et chapelle Notre-Dame- de-l'Assomption, connue sous le nom de chapelle des Templiers

Gavarnie : église paroissiale

Jezeau : église Saint-Laurent

Ourdis-Cotdussan : église de Cotdussan

Rabastens : église Notre-Dame-du-Bourg

Moissac : abbatiale Saint-Pierre et cloître

Amiens : cathédrale Notre-Dame

Folleville : église paroissiale Saint-Jean-Baptiste

Compiègne : église paroissiale Saint-Jacques

Saintes : église Sainte-Eutrope Poitou-Charentes

Saint-Jean-d'Angély : abbaye royale Saint-Jean-Baptiste

Melle : église Saint-Hilaire

Aulnay : église Saint-Pierre

Poitiers : église Saint-Hilaire-le-Grand

Pons : ancien hôpital des Pèlerins


  • Specific Routes, Chemin du Puy

From Nasbinals to Saint- Chély- d'Aubrac (17 km) Languedoc-Roussillon to Midi-Pyrénées

From Saint-Côme-d'Olt to Estaing (17 km) Midi-Pyrénées

From Montredon to Figeac (18 km) Midi-Pyrénées

From Faycelles to Cajarc (22,5 km) Midi-Pyrénées

From Bach to Cahors (26 km) Midi-Pyrénées

From Lectoure to Condom (35 km) Midi-Pyrénées

From Aroue et Ostabat (22 km) Aquitaine

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