Moissac, on the Road to Santiago de Compostela
The relics of the apostle St. James the Great, disciple of Jesus Christ, are said to have arrived in Galicia about the year 850. Following the revelation of this event, believers took to the road and important resting places (“haltes jacquaires”) began to appear along the routes in order to welcome these pilgrims.
Mentioned as early as the 12th century, the abbey church of Saint Pierre of Moissac constitutes a major stop along the route to Santiago de Compostela. Moissac offers pilgrims grandeur and contemplation, mid-way between Puy-en-Velay and Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port. Itinerancy and spiritual progress: today’s pilgrims walk in the footsteps of thousands of yesterday’s Santiago pilgrims (called “jacquets”).
The Saint Pierre abbatial complex and cloister at Moissac are classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO under the title of “Routes of Santiago de Compostela”. The Road to Santiago de Compostela is also classified as a European Cultural Itinerary for its significant value.
Moissac is a sister city with Astorga, Spain, another important stop on the Road to Santiago. This affiliation allows for cultural exchange between the two cities.