Photographer's Note

The Christmas festival in Cahors was a dazzling display of lights. The city has had a rich history since Celtic times, though it has declined economically since the middle ages and lost its university in the eighteenth century. Today it is a popular tourist center with people coming to enjoy its medieval quarter and the unique 14th century fortified Valentré bridge.

Cahors was prominent in the Middle Ages and saw considerable conflict during the Hundred Years War and the later Wars of Religion. It was also infamous at that time for having bankers that charged interest on their loans. The church in these times said that using money as an end in itself (usury) was a sin. Because of this Cahors became synonymous with this sin, and was mentioned in Dante's Inferno alongside Sodom as wicked. (From Wikipedia.)

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