Chemins de Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle en France- ancienne abbatiale Saint-Gilles-du-Gard, Gard, Languedoc-Roussillon,ID=868 - 034
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member KaPsTeam
N 43° 40.607 E 004° 25.940
31T E 615457 N 4836971
Quick Description: The Abbey of Saint-Gilles is a Benedictine monastery in Saint-Gilles, southern France. It is included in the UNESCO Heritage List, as part of the World Heritage Sites of the Routes of Santiago
Location: Occitanie, France
Date Posted: 7/4/2015 10:03:46 PM
Waymark Code: WMP5FC
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Tervas
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Long Description:
The former Abbey of Saint-Gilles is named after the surrounding village of St-Gilles on the northern edge of the Camargue in the Languedoc-Roussillon region in the department of Gard, about 16 kilometers south of Nîmes, about 16 kilometers west of Arles and about two kilometers west of the Petit Rhône , a tributary of the Grand Rhône. One finds for them the name Abbey Church St. Äegidius in Saint-Gilles, or abbey church of St. Giles in Saint-Gilles.

It is known Saint-Gilles, a former abbey church of the Order of the Benedictines, particularly by one of the most important artistic treasures of southern France, their particularly rich and artistically designed façade with three portals.

Another treasure is the Vis de St-Gilles (Screw of St-Gilles), the partially preserved north wall of defunct apse of the original church. It is a stone spiral staircase up to the bell tower, the underside of which form a fan-like layered levels simultaneously the winding around the core barrel vault of the staircase. Generations of stonemason journeymen have made the pilgrimage on their way to Toulouse from the Middle Ages to it.

The crypt is one of the preserved remains of the Romanesque church. It contains the grave of their patron, St. Giles, and once belonged besides Jerusalem, Rome and Santiago de Compostela at the four major pilgrimage destinations of Christendom. St-Gilles forms until the present day also an important stage on the Via Tolosana, one of the four main French sections of the Camino to Santiago de Compostela.

Since 1998, the Church as the Camino de Santiago in France is duly awarded and thus part of the World Heritage by UNESCO.
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