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  • 1 Cantal mountains Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    From the top of the Puy Mary the view takes in the Cantal mountains, Europe's biggest volcanic range. Originally a gigantic volcano, it has been worn down by millennia of erosion. The puys have taken on various shapes: Puy Griou appears like a peak; ..

  • 2 Muséum des Volcans Interesting

    Museums and art

    Château St-Étienne

    Four rooms in the Volcanoes Museum make use of interactive scale models, multimedia terminals and video films to explore four volcano-related themes: "The Earth - a troubled planet"; "Cantal, a land on the move"; "Volcanoes a..

  • 3 Chateau St Etienne

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rte du Château-St-Étienne

    The keep dates from the 13C, while the rest of the château is 19C. There is a beautiful view of the surrounding area from the upper terrace. The building is home to the Haute-Auvergne Centre for Environmental Initiatives, the Volcano Park shop and th..

  • 4 Aurillac's Museum of Art and Archaeology

    Museums and art

    Centre Pierre-Mendès-France - 37 r. des Carmes

    Before being turned into a museum, the convent was transformed into a national stud farm during the Revolution. The museum tells of the life and living conditions in Cantal and of the region's archaeology (remarkable collection of Paleolithic bifacia..

  • 5 Église Notre-Dame-aux-Neiges

    Religious buildings

    r. des Carmes

    This former Cordeliers Convent chapel dates back to the 14C. It was rebuilt in the 17C. The sacristy is fitted into the old chapter room, which leads to an elegant 15C chapel. In an oratory on the left there is a highly venerated Black Virgin.

  • 6 Place St Geraud

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    It is thought that the arcaded Romanesque façade facing the church portal belonged to a hostelry used by pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela. Next to the church, on the left, you will see a late-15C colonial house and a serpentine cistern..

  • 7 St Geraud Church

    Religious buildings

    place St-Géraud

    This church on the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage route was founded in the 9C and extended in the 10C and 11C. It had just been reworked when the Protestants laid it to ruin in 1569. It was rebuilt in the first half of the 17C, then the narthex to..

  • 8 Votive chapel of Notre-Dame d'Aurinques

    Religious buildings

    pl. d'Aurinques

    This chapel was built in the early 17C inside a tower forming part of the city walls. The high chapel dates from the 19C.

  • 9 Rue de Noailles

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    This Renaissance courtyard can be found at nº 7. The street commemorates a bishop of Saint-Flour, Charles de Noailles, who had the church of Saint-Géraud rebuilt after it was sacked by Protestants.

  • 10 Aurillac Consular House

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Gerbert

    The Renaissance-style Maison Consulaire is now used to host exhibitions. Note the beautiful sculptures on the door opening on to rue de la Coste. Walk a few steps down rue du Consulat to see the staircase tower at nº 4.

  • 11 Red Bridge

    Nature and gardens

    From the "Pont Rouge" enjoy views of old half-timbered houses lining the river, their reflections in the water creating an enchanting effect. Visitors can also admire the scenic banks of the Jordanne.

  • 12 Place Gerbert

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    On the bank of the river, you can admire the old houses with their wooden balconies. On the square, there is a statue of Gerbert (Pope Sylvester II) by David d'Angers. It faces the statue of General Delzons, who was born in Aurillac in 1775.

  • 13 Quartier des Carmes

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. des Carmes

    To the south of the old town, the Carmelite district, with its large shady park, is a haven of peace and quiet.

  • 14 Aurillac Palais de Justice

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    21 pl. du Square

    Visitors to the city's law courts can admire the three 17C Flemish tapestries on display.

  • 15 Jardin des Carmes

    Nature and gardens

    r. des Carmes

    These pleasant gardens, a former Carmelite monastic enclosure, lead to the Centre Culturel Pierre Mendès-France and several exhibition rooms.

  • Part of the Musée d'Art et d'Archéologie (Art and Archaeology Museum), the old stables (1819) offer a contemporary art exhibition and have a slideshow presenting the work of great Photographers from around the world.

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