Notre-Dame-de-la-Fin-des-Terres Basilica

Soulac-sur-Mer, France

Notre-Dame-de-la-Fin-des-Terres Basilica, a UNESCO world heritage site since 1998 as part of the Routes of Santiago de Compostela. Tradition goes back to the legend of St. Veronica, the origin of this church. In the first century of our era, after the death of the Virgin, Saint Veronica, Saint Amadour and Saint Martial from Palestine, landed in Soulac. Veronique then raised a modest oratory to the memory of the Virgin, after evangelizing the Medoc and the Bazadais. She died in Soulac and was buried in the year 70.

It was probably in the 11th century, when the pilgrims of Saint-Jacques from the English lands landed in Soulac, that was built this Benedictine abbey, classified Historic Monument. The construction of the Romanesque church did not end before the beginning of the 12th century. In the 18th century, dune erosion caused the quasi-total silting up of the church, which was not cleared until the middle of the 19th century.



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Founded: 11th century
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)

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FRANCISCO MAGANA (4 months ago)
Beautiful church
David Rowley (4 months ago)
A very beautiful 11th Century Basilica in Soulac sur Mer.
Jo Rimmer (6 months ago)
This church is an island of peace and cool on a hot busy day. It also has a very interesting history.
Craig Massey (2 years ago)
Beautiful music at the half hour - lovely and amazing -
Antóin O'Laoghaire (2 years ago)
An absolute surprise! From the outside its not much to look at but what a contrast once you enter and your eyes adjust to the mediaeval lighting and architecture. Highly recommend.
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