Pilgrimage of Compostela is a network of pilgrims' ways or pilgrimages leading to the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain.
The Vézelay Route was registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List in December 1998 as part of the pilgrim routes through France to Santiago de Compostela.
The above collage shows :
(a) In the middle - Centre de Sainte Madeleine. This is where the pilgrims could take a rest for the night. Of course there are other small inns around the village, too
(b) Top left - I shot just a small portion of the interior as I was not a "pilgrim" and did not want to disturb the sanctuary
(c) Top right - There was a memorial plaque to the director of this convent, Sister Léocadie (1881 -1952) together with the other sisters and those who lived in the village for their brave act of hiding the Jewish children during the period of 1942-1944. They were given the honorific "Righteous Among the Nations" by the State of Israël.
(d) Bottom left and bottom right - The scallop shell is a symbol of direction pointing the pilgrims towards Santiago. The bottom right display a welcome sign to pilgrims regarding time and day and they do not need to make a prior reservation to stay. They are also being blessed the next day, if they wished, before continuing their pilgrimage.
The back entrance of St Etienne and St Germain Orthodox church
Walking around the village ...
War memorial for the soldiers who died during the war 1914 /1918