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Miraculous Dolmen

The slab of an ancient dolmen (tomb made of large stones) which stood on the site of the cathedral in pagan times and was incorporated into the first cathedral in 415 AD. According to legend, the Virgin Mary made an appearance on the dolmen and healed a feverish woman. The stone was renowned for its healing properties throughout the Middle Ages, when sick people slept on it in hopes of a miracle.

Photo © Holly Hayes.

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