In the beginning of Shadows of Montsegur, Andreva, a seventeen year-old novice at the convent affiliated with the Basilica of St. Sernin in Toulouse, France, is summoned by her Uncle Bostel to the Ariege village of Lavelanet in southern France to care for her grandmother.
The original St. Sernin (or St. Saturnin) was built in the 4th century. The abbey no longer remains and the basilica was rebuilt between 1080 and 1120. It is now surrounded entirely by the city of Toulouse. It is the largest remaining Romanesque building in Europe, if not the world. It is now listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites under the description: World Heritage Sites of the Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France.
|The unique spire of St. Sernin|
|St. Sernin's tomb|
|Peter, James, and John|
|The crucifixion of Christ|
|Stairway to ambulatory|