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Church of Saint-Jacques: photo, description Eglise Saint-Jacques de Perpignan)

Every year on Holy Thursday from the Church of St. James in Perpignan procession starts procession whose participants hitting the road barefoot, wearing cloaks with hoods and are carrying heavy crosses or candles. The procession is called Procession de Sang and dedicated the shed during the execution of the blood of Christ. In the XV century in Perpignan there was a religious community, the abbreviated name which sounded like sange ("blood").

The Church represents the example of Catalan architecture, was built in the mid-thirteenth century on the initiative of the king of Aragon Jaime First. Initially, this building was outside the city, and then became part of it and was even built into the system of city fortifications. In a brick Bastion, the Church building was "mounted" by the main Royal fortification by the Marquis de Vauban.

Now the Church of Saint-Jacques is located in the historic part of the city, in the quarter, which is traditionally inhabited by immigrants. It is located near the square du Puy, and next to the Church is a Park La Miranda green is one of the main attractions of Perpignan.

The surviving character of the old churches were formed in XIV - XVIII centuries during updates and conversions. So, dates from the XIV century the marble portal on the southern facade of the building. At the end of the XVII century was built in the Western part of the Church, the chapel of the Holy Blood. In the XVIII century the Church was a new side chapels were built by various guilds. And in the XIX century was reconstructed belfry.

Inside the temple you can see created in the XV century altarpiece of our lady of Esperanza, as well as paintings and sculptures. The works of Baroque art include the altars of the Church, decorated with painting and gilding.

At the beginning of the present century the Church had conducted research that discovered a rich collection of ceramic ware of the XV century. This collection was recognized as one of the most representative in France.