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Monthly Archives: January 2012

Saint-Pierre at Melle is one of three Romanesque churches to be found in the Poitevin town on the Tours Road halfway between Poitiers and Saintes.

The church of Saint-Pierre-de-la Tour at Aulnay de Saintonge is perhaps the finest example of the Poitevin style of Romanesque. The southern transept porch features a complex iconographic programme of the Apocalypse. For more information click here.

The great collegiate church was the largest of the Romanesque pilgrimage churches and the shrine of Saint Saturninus. La Porte de Comtes was the south transept porch. It features a sculptural programme devote to the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus.

The Benedictine abbey of Santo Domingo lies a short distance south of Burgos. The remarkable cloister features one of the most sublime images in all of Romanesque sculpture: the Journey to Emmaus and Christ depicted as a pilgrim to Compostela. For more click here.

Sangüesa on the border between the kingdoms of Navarre and Aragon was a town which developed into an important pilgrimage halt when the inhabitants were granted a charter allowing them privileges to practice trades and crafts which serviced the needs of pilgrims who were crossing the Aragon river using the seven arched bridge which had been built to facilitate their crossing. For more information click here.


The palatine basilica at Leòn was an important station on the pilgrimage road to Compostela. Learn more here.

The pilgrimage abbey church of Conques home to the reliquary statue of Sainte Foy and major station on the Puy Road to Santiago de Compostela. Go to the Conques page for more information.

The porch of the cathedral at Oloron-Sainte-Marie on the Toulouse Route to Compostela. Oloron is the gateway to the Somport pass across the Pyrenees. Go to the page dedicated to Oloron for more information

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The Silversmith’s Door to the southern transept at the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. For more information on the cult of Saint James, click here.