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Categories & Keywords

Category:Architecture and Structures
Subcategory Detail:
Keywords:Charlemagne, Compostela, Conques, Dadon, Sainte Foy, middle ages, pilgrimage, relics
Photo Info

Dimensions1700 x 1090
Original file size984 KB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken14-Jul-12 10:59
Date modified1-Jan-17 11:27
Shooting Conditions

Camera modelNIKON D700
Focal length24 mm
Exposure1/640 at f/7.1
ISO speedISO 200
The abbey at Conques

A first Benedictine community was founded in a secluded, forested area in 819 by the hermit Dadon. In their quest for fame and fortune along the route to Compostela the monks of Conques added to their claim of possessing relics as prestigious as the Holy Prepuce and Umbilicial Cord (and allegedly offered by none less than Charlemagne himself), the downright theft in Agen of the remains of Sainte Foy, a martyred virgin from the early 4th century.