Martin M. Miles

Martin M. Miles

Posted on 12/18/2013


Photo taken on August  1, 2013



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discodial
Saint-Blaise
Gaston IV of Béarn
Lacommande
Via Tolosana
GR653
Pyrénées-Atlantiques
Aquitaine
France
hopital
tomb-stele


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Lacommande

Lacommande
Around 1115 Viscount Gaston IV of Béarn founded a "hopital" here for the pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostella. He was called "le Croisé" due to his participation in the First Crusade, actually he was the first crusader to enter the city of Jerusalem on July 15, 1099.


The still existing buildings and the church "Saint-Blaise" were erected between 1130-1140. A hospital existed here upto the French Revolution.

An old graveyard with numerous old discodial tomb-steles is south of the church. The recently renovated buildings are used for exhibitions in the summer months. As well accomodations are offered to the tired pilgrims. I was not tired, so I got a "tampon" in my "credencial", took lots of photos - and moved on.

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