Monday, 24 August 2015

Mini History Blog: Saint Michel d'Aiguilhe

It has been said that Isabelle Romee, the mother of Joan of Arc once came to pray at the chapel you can see in the above image but whether this is true or not we will never know, what is certain is that pilgrims have been visiting Saint-Michel d'Aiguilhe for hundreds of years.
To reach the chapel these people would have had to climb 268 steps which are carved into the rock. 
This chapel is perched high on a 279 foot volcanic rock near the town of Le Puy-en-Velay in France and was built in 972. Predating this structure was a megalithic standing stone and it seems that the church was constructed around it, but by the eight century the stone had been broken up and incorporated into the floor of the church.
The chapel was built to celebrate the return from the pilgrimage of Saint James.

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