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Near Aire-sur-la-Lys in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais, a small chapel dedicated to St. Isbergues recalls the history of the woman who is thought to be the sister of Charlemagne. It is here that the saint is said to have met, on her way, the hermit St. Venant. Tradition says that the holy man struck the ground with his foot to make a spring to quench the thirst of the young woman. Others say that it was St. Isbergues herself who made the spring arise. Isbergues, who was very pious, entered the convent at Aire-sur-la-Lys and died in 806. She was buried in the chapel, which quickly became a place of pilgrimage. The spring, located behind the building, still attracts pilgrims. Some of them put crutches there to testify to their healing.  

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