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38 12 Hospices and pilgrims. Ffaith. Relics are physical remains of saints, such as many of the major places of pilgrimage as possible.of the four main pilgrim places of christianity: Jerusalem, Rome,Santiago de Compostela or Rocamadour, they tried to visit asrom the early middle ages visiting and worshiping therelics of saints was a central element of the Christian parts of the skeleton, clothes they have worn, objects they have Accommodating all these pilgrims was a matter of Christian used or touched, or materials and similar objects that have been charity. No pilgrim knocked in vain on the doors of a parish, sanctified by having been in touch with the physical remains. By chapter or monastery. worshiping - and by paying too – pilgrims could obtain In 816, Louis the Pious, son of emperor Charlemagne, indulgences. These would reduce the time one had to spend in issued regulations for the accommodation of pilgrims. At the purgatory due to original sin. In order to collect indulgences Council of Aachen, directed at the German and Diets speaking pilgrims visited as many places as possible where relics of saints parts of his empire, he decreed that churches of pilgrimage were worshiped. Pilgrims preferred travelling together with were obliged to receive pilgrims in a domus hospitalis, a people of the same religion, and from the early middle ages, hospice or infirmary. The taking in of pilgrims applied to both large groups of pilgrims travelled Europe. On their way to one healthy and sick pilgrims. Many pilgrims were wounded on


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