Chapels on the Pilgrim Route near Le Quillio

The Pilgrim Route from the Abbey of Beauport to Santiago de Compostelo is c.1488 kms by road – what on earth would it have been by foot? And how long did it take? Along the way there were Calvaries and Chapels and there were two of these just outside Le Quillio.

Notre Dame de Lorette stands on a hillside above Le Quillio. The current Church dates from 1848 as it was partly rebuilt after a lightning strike, and it is conjectured that the first Chapel was built in the 14C. Alongside the Church is a Cromlech/Long Barrow/Tumulus. I didn’t believe the jumble of stones was the prehistoric site and so ignored it – silly me! Anyway, if you look carefully the few jagged stones on the L of the photo below are the relevant stones and there are proper photos here. At the bottom of the hill is the 16C Fountain of Notre Dame de Lorette. It was raining (again) so the photographs were taken from under a tree and I just didn’t have the heart to use the tripod etc so the somewhat grainy photo inside the church was taken with the Canon Powershot – yes, I will admit to a point-and-press camera!

Notre Dame de Lorette

Notre Dame de Lorette

The Fountain of Notre Dame de Lorette

And then there is the Church of St Jacques in St Leon. This needed the tripod etc. and I could have spent a great deal longer exploring the paintings, stained glass, and other details. The Chapel dates from c.1317 and it is quite lovely.

The Church of St Jacques, St LeonThe Church of St Jacques, St Leon

14C stained glass in the Church of St Jacques, St Leon

The Church of St Jacques, St Leon

The Church of St Jacques, St Leon

Wall painting, St Jacques in St Leon

The 16C Pulpit in the Church of St Jacques, St Leon
The 16C Pulpit in the Church of St Jacques, St Leon

 

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