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Weather vanes


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A 9th Century pope decreed that all churches display a cockerel on their tower or steeple as a reminder to parishioners of the Last Supper when Jesus told Peter that he would deny Him three times before the cock crowed in the morning. (Luke 22:34). These eventually evolved into weathercocks and weather vanes and all along the camino you will find an amazing variety of weathercocks and weather vanes on churches and private buildings. The word for metal “vanes” - derived from the Saxon word “fane” meaning, “flag”.
The earliest recorded weather vane, erected in the 1st Century BC, depicted the Greek god Triton on the Tower of the Winds in Athens. The Bayeux tapestry, dating to the 11th Century, depicts a weathercock being attached to spire of Westminster Abbey.
Here are some imaginative weathervanes we saw along the camino.



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