Like any religious site "worth its salt", Maillezais had relics and treasures
that drew pilgrims. In addition to worldly treasures, Maillezais held
here the full relics of Saint Rigomer (his whole body) and a tooth from Saint
John-the-Baptist. Perhaps the greatest pilgrimage route of the Middle
Ages was that from all of Europe to Santiago of Compostella in Spain (where
Saint James is said to have died). Maillezais is just off that route, but
many thousands would make a special 10-mile trip off the main trail to see the
rests of Saint Rigomer and John-the-Baptist.