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  • 1 Le Puy-en-Velay Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Towns and villages

    F - 43000 Le Puy-en-Velay

    Le Puy-en-Velay makes for an extraordinary sight. The town is hemmed in by hillocks, with the Rocher Saint-Michel-d'Aiguilhe crowned by a Romanesque chapel, its Rocher Corneille, with a monumental Virgin Mary on top, and its no less strange Notre Dam..

  • 2 Le Puy-en-Velay Episcopal City Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. du For F - 43000 Le Puy-en-Velay

    The episcopal city is reached from the Place de Tables via rue des Tables, the latter's flights of steps lined by old houses. A majestic staircase and the multicoloured lava-stone façade of the cathedral lie ahead, opening onto a well-preserved distr..

  • 3 Notre Dame Cathedral, Le Puy-en-Velay Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    r. des Tables F - 43000 Le Puy-en-Velay

    A Unesco World Heritage Site, this marvellous Romanesque-style building owes its originality to the influence of the East: inside, the nave is covered by a series of domes. The cathedral is an exceptional place, appearing to defy the laws of gravity ..

  • 4 St-Michel-d'Aiguilhe Chapel Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    17 r. du Rocher F - 43000 Aiguilhe

    This beautiful, orientally inspired 10C Romanesque chapel on top of the St Michel rock is crowned by a 82m-high lava stone spire. Note its trefoil door, its graceful arabesque patterns and its black, grey and white stone mosaics. 10C murals adorn the..

  • 5 Treasury of Religious Art of Puy-en-Velay Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    r. du Cloître F - 43000 Le Puy-en-Velay

    A large number of works of art are displayed in the old Salle des États du Velay, including an 11C silk cope and a remarkable 15C parchment. Other exhibits include "Genesis: from the creation of the world to the Resurrection", panels carved..

  • 6 Puy-en-Velay's Cathedral cloister Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    3 r. du Cloître F - 43000 Le Puy-en-Velay

    Adhering to the north of the cathedral it's made up of galleries from different ages, the oldest being Romanesque. There is a remarkable Romanesque Grille which encloses the west gallery and all around the cloister runs a delicately decorated cornice..

  • 7 Puy-en-Velay old town Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 43000 Le Puy-en-Velay

    Bordered by a ring of boulevards beyond which the modern city extends outwards, the vieille ville is home to tall red-roofed houses clustered around the Corneille rock. The Place des Tables, beneath the cathedral, commands an impressive view of the e..

  • 8 Corneille Rock

    Nature and gardens

    11 r. du Cloître F - 43000 Le Puy-en-Velay

    The remains of a volcanic cone, whose platform commands a panoramic view over the red roofs of the town and the Puy basin. The rock is crowned by a colossal statue of Notre-Dame-de-France, erected in 1860.

  • 9 Rue Pannessac

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 43000 Le Puy-en-Velay

    This partially pedestrianised street is lined with elegant 16C and 17C Renaissance houses, their corbelled façades occasionally flanked by a tower or a bartizan (nos 16, 23) To the right, the narrow side streets have kept their medieval character. Th..

  • 10 Place du For

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 43000 Le Puy-en-Velay

    This small square, just in front of the Porche du For, has a fine view of the new town and the cathedral bell tower, a seven-storey pyramidal structure, at a slight distance from the chevet.

  • 11 Bâtiment des Mâchicoulis

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. St-Mayol F - 43000 Le Puy-en-Velay

    This imposing "machicolated" building, behind the chapel of the Hôtel-Dieu, was part of the fortifications of the cathedral and bishop's palace in the 13C.

  • 12 Chapelle des Sacrements

    Religious buildings

    r. St-Mayol F - 43000 Le Puy-en-Velay

    The chapel opens onto the cathedral's north aisle. Until the Revolution, its fine gilded altarpiece housed relics brought to Notre-Dame du Puy. Formerly the library of Saint-Mayol University, it is decorated with the famous 15C painting of the libera..

  • 13 Chapelle des Pénitents

    Religious buildings

    r. St-Mayol F - 43000 Le Puy-en-Velay

    Paintings decorating the tribune, panelled walls in its single nave, a coffered ceiling narrating the life of the Virgin Mary. Processional staffs, still to this day carried by the members of this brotherhood of penitents, which was founded in 1584.

  • 14 Baptistère St-Jean

    Religious buildings

    F - 43000 Le Puy-en-Velay

    Until the Revolution, this baptistery was used by all the parishes of Le Puy. The southern entrance is guarded by stone lions. Inside, note the pyramidal baptismal font.

  • 15 House of Alix Selliers

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    56 r. Raphaël F - 43000 Le Puy-en-Velay

    At nº 56 Rue Raphaël is this five-storey 16C house.

  • 16 Rue du Cardinal-Polignac

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 43000 Le Puy-en-Velay

    The 15C Hôtel du Lac de Fugères stands at the corner of rue Roche-Taillade. Further on, at nº 8, admire the Hôtel de Polignac, also dating from the 15C, with its polygonal tower.

  • 17 Place du Plot

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 43000 Le Puy-en-Velay

    This square, where the stocks once stood, comes alive at weekends when a market is set up around the Fontaine de la Bidoire, built in 1246.

  • 18 Hôtel de Marminhac

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. Courrerie F - 43000 Le Puy-en-Velay

    Standing next to the pretty 16C façade of the building at nº 8, the Hôtel de Marminhac has round arches with keystones decorated with sculpted masks.

  • 19 Demeure des Cornards

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. du Chamarlenc F - 43000 Le Puy-en-Velay

    From the Middle Ages, a brotherhood going by the name of Confrérie des Cornards brought together boisterous, bawdy and thirsty citizens. Their anthem is a 25-couplet song best not heard by those of a sensitive disposition! Their place is adorned with..

  • 20 Tour Pannessac

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. Pannessac F - 43000 Le Puy-en-Velay

    This vestige from the 13C is the last of 18 fortified gateways, each with two towers, which once surrounded the town.

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