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Bob Hook

The Church of Sainte-Foy, Conques, France c. 1050-1139C.E. is an excellent example of how the design of the church controls not only the traffic but the narrative. It is a pilgrimage church on the route to Santiago de Compostela. It was designed with a cruciform plan with pilgrims entering through the west portal and stylistically through the bottom of the cross. Pilgrims would circumnavigate through the church and would eventually arrive the apse ant the eastern end. The pilgrim passed several radiating chapels and the Reliquary statue of Saint-Foy (Saint Faith) and out the transept or crossing at the south entrance to the church. The church represented just another affirmation of their faith on the pilgrim’s journey for spiritual purification.