Santiago de Compostela Pilgrimage


Cities that are involved in the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage

Amiens cathedral

Amiens – The Cathedral

The one thing that Amiens is famous for, worldwide even, is its enormous cathedral. It is called the “Basilique Cathédrale Notre-Dame d’Amiens” (Basilica of Our Lady of Amiens Cathedral), or for short, the Notre-Dame (but not to be confused with the Paris one). The cathedral forms part of one of the French legs of the Santiago …

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Caen City Hall and Abby of Men

Caen – Introduction

Caen, city of William the Conqueror, is a main part of Normandy’s history, including WWII. But you end up with mixed feelings of this city.

View of Dieppe's church taken from the castle

Dieppe – Introduction

Dieppe, a fishing city with a big and intact castle/fortress, one of France’s oldest golf links and a twice daily ferry to Newhaven, UK.

Loire river in Nantes, Pays du Loire

Nantes – Introduction

Nantes is France’s 6th largest city with some 300,000 inhabitants and 950,000 in the metropolitan area, and it was once the capital of Brittany (that was in the 15th century). Although over the centuries it was part of the Brittany region, nowadays it is no longer considered as such, much to the displeasure of its …

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Beauport Abbey of Paimpol, Brittany

Paimpol – Beauport Abbey

The Beauport Abbey in Paimpol, Brittany was built in 1202. It was one of the first buildings in Paimpol. Today, most of the abbey is a ruin, but it can still be visited. It is also the starting point of one of the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage routes.

Rouen City Hall and Abbey

Rouen – Introduction

Rouen has a lot going for it, and a few things that are not so nice. But after a visit to Rouen, you will leave with two impressions in your mind: the sheer number of churches & cathedrals and Joan of Arc (in French “Jeanne d’Arc”). Because this is the city where Joan of Arc was …

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