Martin M. Miles

Martin M. Miles

Posted on 12/15/2013


Photo taken on July  1, 2013



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Norman invasion
Saint-Seurin
Via Turonensis
Roncevaux
Gironde
Charlemagne
Aquitaine
Bordeaux
Roland
France
olifant
Norman Raids


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Bordeaux - Saint-Seurin

Bordeaux - Saint-Seurin
Saint-Seurin was originally built outside the city walls close to an ancient necropolis. The Abbey of St. Seurin bears the name of the venerated fourth bishop of Bordeaux. A first building, confirmed towards mid 5th century, got destroyed during the 8th century Norman invasions. It was reconstructed above the crypt of St. Seurin from the 11th to 13th centuries. The church underwent important modifications during the 19th century.

Bordeaux was one of the major halts on the Via Turonensis. The grave of Saint-Seurin was an important place for the many pilgrims. Another precious relic, shown here, was the ivory horn of Roland, who died at Roncevaux. Tradition claims that the horn "olifant", still reported in the 17th century and lost before the French Revolution, had been left by the Charlemagne on the altar of St. Seurin.

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