Published Categorised as Ancient Routes


  • The Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres is a UNESCO-Heritage site of this ancient once bishopric state in France.,143.html
  • The Abbey Church of St. Foy, dedicated to a 4th century Christian martyr, in the village of Conques (with a coat of arms incorporating the pilgrim shells) served as a conduit for French and other European pilgrims on their way to the Pyrenees connecting to the Camino de Santiago.
  • Trophimus Church in Eschau, housing the relics of the 8th century Sainte Sophie.  
  • Issoudun is a city in the Centre-Val de Loire region where Richard the Lion-heart battled against King Philip II of France. This medieval city is also on the Camino de Santiago route (in France) and fell under the patronage of Cesare Borgia (son of Pope Alexander VI) as Lord of Issoudun. The Cathedral of St. Cyr dates back to the 15th century.

France also has other, more recent, but very popular pilgrimage sites including the Sanctuary of our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of La Salette,  Saint Catherine Labouré of Paris, Pellevoisin and Taizé