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The Via Podiensis or the Le Puy Route is one of the four routes through France on the pilgrimage to the tomb of St. James the Great in Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwest Spain. It leaves from Puy-en-Velay and crosses the countryside in stages to the basque village of Ostabat. Near there it merges with two of the other routes, the via Turonensis and the via Lemovicensiswhich merge a little earlier.The three then become the Navarre Route, passing via the French town of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port and crossing the Pyrenees and the Spanish border by one path or another to Roncesvalles in the Spanish province of Basse-Navarre. Together they serve as the principal pilgrimage route across Spain, known as the Camino frances. The fourth French route, the via Tolosane, crosses the Pyrenees at a different point (Somport), becomes the Aragonese Way when it enters Spain, and joins the Camino frances further to the west.Before le Puy, the via Gebennensis leaves from Geneva, gathering Swiss and German pilgrims and feeding into the via Podiensis. Though it bears a Latin name, the via Gebennensis is a modern route laid out in 1980-90, though the numerous hospitals it passes testify to the passage of pilgrims along this route in earlier ages.From Geneva to the Pyrenees, the two routes (via Gebennensis and via Podiensis) are waymarked as one of the French major hiking routes, the GR 65, with a few local variations or detours, including GR 651 through the valley of Célé and GR 652 via Rocamadour.

Le Puy en Velay, Cathedrale Notre Dame

85 photos
Created 6-May-17
Modified 6-May-17
Le Puy en Velay, Cathedrale Notre Dame

Le Puy en Velay, Hotel Dieu

9 photos
Created 7-May-17
Modified 7-May-17
Le Puy en Velay, Hotel Dieu

Chemin, Nasbinals - Saint Chély d'Aubrac

142 photos
Created 11-May-17
Modified 11-May-17
Chemin, Nasbinals - Saint Chély d'Aubrac

Saint Chély d'Aubrac, Pont des Pelerins

15 photos
Created 11-May-17
Modified 11-May-17
Saint Chély d'Aubrac, Pont des Pelerins

Chemin, Saint Cômes d'Olt - Estaing

159 photos
Created 15-May-17
Modified 15-May-17
Chemin, Saint Cômes d'Olt - Estaing

Espalion, Pont Vieux

21 photos
Created 14-May-17
Modified 14-May-17
Espalion, Pont Vieux

Estaing, Pont sur le Lot

19 photos
Created 15-May-17
Modified 15-May-17
Estaing, Pont sur le Lot

Conques, Abbatiale Sainte Foy

65 photos
Created 21-May-17
Modified 21-May-17
Conques, Abbatiale Sainte Foy

Conques, Pont sur le Dourdou

23 photos
Created 19-May-17
Modified 19-May-17
Conques, Pont sur le Dourdou

Chemin, Livinhac le Haut - Figeac

89 photos
Created 22-May-17
Modified 22-May-17
Chemin, Livinhac le Haut - Figeac

Figeac, Hospital Saint Jacques

15 photos
Created 22-May-17
Modified 22-May-17
Figeac, Hospital Saint Jacques

Rocamadour,Basilique Saint-Sauveur et crypte Saint-Amadour

50 photos
Created 4-Sep-14
Modified 4-Sep-14
Rocamadour,Basilique Saint-Sauveur et crypte Saint-Amadour

Cahors,cathédrale Saint-Etienne

24 photos
Created 4-Sep-14
Modified 4-Sep-14
Cahors,cathédrale Saint-Etienne

Cahors,pont Valentré

47 photos
Created 4-Sep-14
Modified 4-Sep-14
Cahors,pont Valentré

Agen,Cathédrale Saint Caprais

11 photos
Created 28-Aug-14
Modified 28-Aug-14
Agen,Cathédrale Saint Caprais

La Romieu, collégiale Saint-Pierre

24 photos
Created 29-Aug-14
Modified 29-Aug-14
La Romieu, collégiale Saint-Pierre

Pont d'Artigues ou de Lartigues

11 photos
Created 29-Aug-14
Modified 29-Aug-14
Pont d'Artigues ou de Lartigues

Aire-sur-l’Adour, Eglise Sainte-Quitterie

14 photos
Created 30-Aug-14
Modified 30-Aug-14
Aire-sur-l’Adour, Eglise Sainte-Quitterie

L'Hopital Saint Blaise

7 photos
Created 3-Sep-14
Modified 3-Sep-14
L'Hopital Saint Blaise