The history of the priory is inseparable from the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. The discovery of the tomb of St. James in Galicia and the great piety of the population in the Middle Ages explain the popularity of this pilgrimage. Pilgrims can not be disturbed by the length and difficulty of the journey, the fear of meeting bandits, or the hostility of certain regions.
Cayac is located on the Via Turonensis, the road that connects Paris via Tours, Bordeaux and Bayonne with Compostela.
Built on an old Roman road, the ensemble consists of a church, a nearby hospital and a cemetery where religious were buried and pilgrims died of exhaustion or illness. On the other side of the street there is the accommodation of the brothers and outbuildings of the hospital (winery, stable, chicken coop, barn and flour mill). Probably between the two buildings there was a vault that allowed the reception of the pilgrims and also served the hospital, so that they could follow the religious ceremonies.
October 14, 2019
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