Martin M. Miles

Martin M. Miles

Posted on 12/19/2013


Photo taken on August  1, 2013



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Innocent II
Notre Dame de Sarrance
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Pyrénées-Atlantiques
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Sarrance

Sarrance
The large structure seen in the village of Sarance is "Notre Dame de Sarrance" a place of pilgrimage since early times. This may be the oldest place of pilgrimage, dedicated to Maria, within the Pyrennes, the most visited one is of course Lourdes (70kms west).

In 1140 Pope Innocent II granted privileges to a monastery here, that probably cared for the pilgrims. The foundations of the buildings seen to date back to that time. The last five monks left monastery after the French Revolution, when the buildings were sold as "national property". The church became parish church in 1797.

When you will come to Sarrance, stop at the Charcuterie "Casteignau Etablissements". The best pâté is produced there - and walking up to the Somport, you will need the extra-calories.

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