Understanding the history of the route to
Santiago de Compostela
Throughout the Middle Ages, Santiago de Compostela was the most important destination for many pilgrims from all over Europe. In order to reach Spain, they had to cross France, thereby passing many historical monuments on their way.
In 1998, two buildings in Châlons and the surrounding area were included in the UNESCO World Heritage list as part of the Pilgrims Route to Santiago de Compostela. These were Notre-Dame-en-Vaux Collegiate Church and Notre-Dame Basilica in l’Epine, a village located 8 kilometres from Châlons-en-Champagne.