He spent the next 33 years building it with stones he collected on his journeys.
Some say the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Chartres is even better than the tourist-overloaded one in the capital.
Enjoy the view, then take those 187 steps down to the sea (see below).
Just make sure you leave enough energy to get back up again!
The isolated coastal village, which is affectionately called Ploum by the locals, can count strange rock formations as a major draw card. Why not try the "Wolves of Gueret" experience, where you can see wolves in their almost natural environment.
It's the top rated thing to do in Creuse on Trip Advisor, and the reviewers love it.
To the west of the town of Foix there's a pretty awesome chateau - the Chateau de Foix - that promises a good half-day trip if you're in the area, say Trip Advisor reviewers. Top site here is the Millau Viaduct - the tallest bridge in the world (the mast goes up to 343 metres). And if you're going to drive across it, don't forget your family members on the other side.
Expect limestone houses and cobbled streets descending in tiers from the foot of an ex-Benedictine monastery. It sounds like something from Lord of the Rings and resembles Bratislava - but you're smack bang in the middle of the Loire Valley and it's incredible. A clear winner for the Manche department is the Mont-Saint-Michel island and its abbey.Check out the 320 acre garden and the Musée de la Révolution française inside, which focuses on the French revolution. If not, welcome to one of the most mind-blowing buildings in the country - built in the year 969 on a volcanic plug, get ready for a steep climb to get up there (and no elevators in sight). Located in a gorge above a tributary of the River Dordogne, this entire village is an oft-overlooked gem, and marks a popular spot on pilgrimage routes.