Die «Via Francigena» ist einer der 3 christlichen Pilgerwege des Mittelalters, dessen Hauptachse von Canterbury in England nach Rom führt. Diese Dokumentation umfasst vorerst den Abschnitt von Pontarlier nach Rom.
Aigle - Ollon - Antagnes - Sala - Iles d´Amont - Massongex - St. Maurice
Behind Ollon, we hike across another height, before we cross a road at the entrance of the village Antagnes, and then reach the «La Gryonne» creek below the village. We follow this creek on the left bank, cross the railway and the highway, and reach the River Rhône a first time close to «Iles d´Amont», and then we follow the Rhône against its flow.The settlemen across the river, with major chemical plants, in canton Wallis already, is named Monthey.
We cross the river Rhône close to Massongex and enter the canton Wallis. At the entrance of St. Maurice, where the road and the river squeeze through a rocky bottleneck, we pass by a castle dating back to 16th/18th century, which serves as a museum for military history since 1815. St. Maurice with it´s Abbey already in the middle ages was an important place for pilgrims on their way to Rome - we should feel comfortable here as well.
The «Via Francigena» is one of the 3 main christian pilgrimage trails of the Middle Ages, the main axis leading from Canterbury to Rome. This documentation currently covers the stretch from Pontarlier close to the F/CH border across Lausanne to Rome.