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Saint-Jacques de Compostelle - English

The most western of the four main routes

One of the routes towards Saint Jacques de Compostelle drives the pilgrims by Blois where numerous indications give evidence of its passage

The via Turonensis,the Way of Tours, described in narratives, is also attested by the numerous homes, the chaplaincies and the brotherhoods dedicated to the apostle which marked out the route. It was called the " Big Path Way ", "Paved Way by the pilgrims ", " Big Wearing Way ", or by the Germans " Low Road " (by opposition to the Swiss route).

From the Northern Europe and Paris, the ways of Saint Jacques and Saint Martin in Tours become confused. From the XIVth century, the way is abandoned for the benefit of other axes. Little by little, the diseases and the famines were getting the better of Saint Jacques de Compostelle before the revival of the personal or spiritual collections at the end of the XXth century.

In Blois, when you cross the bridge, you shall be guided in the pinnacles of slates of the former abbey church Saint-Lomer (or Laumer, today St Nicholas), premature and creative Gothic work due to the sponsorship of Thibault de Champagne. The dome in lantern which enlightens the crossing of the transept is the mark of a pilgrimage church. It is easy then to follow the direction of the southwest, always on a beautiful levying of the Loire which you abandon to Amboise.