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St. Sulpice

In the morning we started our pilgrimage with a reflection in this church in St. Sulpice.

Interior view St. Sulpice


rock formation at St. Sulpice

The Pilgrim's Way to Santiago runs along the houses built on the rocks. Because of the danger of falling rocks, this section was closed and we had to walk a bit on the road below ...

boxwood

... only to climb up again through romantic boxwoods.


Feld mit Mohnblumen

The field with the poppies impressed us. A lot of photos were taken.

Crossz

Uphill and downhill, the path leads again and again through boxwoods.
We also pass this cross.


Marcilhac

Stone  hous at Marcilhac

On the descent to Marcilhac we admire this stone house. The little town (picture above) lies picturesquely in front of us.


Marcilhac, ruins of the Benedictin monastery

In Marcilhac, on the banks of the Célé river in front of the ruins of the Benedictine monastery, we stop for lunch.

There is some time to visit the monastery, or what is left of it.


romanesque capitals

Columned capitals from the abbey of Marcilhac-sur-Célé


monastery ruin Marcilhac

The foundation of the Benedictine monastery falls in the 12th century. Over time, the place has developed around the monastery. The monastery was destroyed several times during the Hundred Years' War and was finally looted in 1569 during the Huguenot Wars. The abbey never recovered from this event. During the French Revolution it was sold by the French state to private individuals.

There are two pilgrim hostels (Gîte d'étape) in the village.


The fortified monastery of Marcilhac was a much-used port of call for pilgrims to St. James from the 12th to the 14th century. The church was even larger than that of Conques.

View of the interior of the originally Romanesque and, after reconstruction, Gothic church from the 12th century.

The chapter house has been restored.


Marcilhac

Photo motif in the village of Marcilhac


At the Célé

At the Célé


After the lunch break, the route continues uphill to the 'Causse Plateau'.

Weg am Fels

im Buchswald

Once again, the route takes you through boxwoods, past stone walls to the steep descent into the first transverse valley of 'Les Combes Basses'.


Sauliac sur Célé

Last stop in Sauliac sur Célé before the stage finish.