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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's setting is unforgettable. From a fertile plain enormous spikes of volcanic origin rise up, sometimes crowned by a chapel - Saint-Michel-d'Aiguilhe on the top of the Saint-Michel rock is delightful -, sometimes by a monumental statue..

  • 2 Cité épiscopale 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 Île aux Trésors Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 43000 Le Puy-en-Velay

    Treasure Island was the name given to the old episcopal city overlooking the upper town. From Place des Tables, via streets lined with old houses, you reach the magnificent Romanesque cathedral of Notre Dame, which shows distinct oriental influence. ..

  • 4 Cathédrale Notre-Dame Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

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

    A marvellous Romanesque-style building whose originality owes much to its oriental influence: inside, the nave is crowned by a series of cupolas. The cathedral's main features are its steep site, which appears to defy the laws of balance, its multico..

  • 5 Chapelle St-Michel-d'Aiguilhe 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..

  • 6 Treasury of Religious Art 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..

  • 7 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..

  • 8 Old town - Puy en Velay 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..

  • 9 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.

  • 10 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, 18, 23) To the right, the narrow side streets have kept their medieval character..

  • 11 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.

  • 12 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.

  • 13 Chapelle des Sacrements

    Religious buildings

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

    The chapel owes its name to the gilded altarpiece in which relics brought to Notre-Dame du Puy were kept, until the Revolution. Formerly the library of Saint-Mayol university, it is decorated with the famous 15C painting of the liberal arts (depictin..

  • 14 Chapelle des Pénitents

    Religious buildings

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

    This chapel contains a gallery decorated with paintings, panelled walls in its single nave, and a coffered ceiling narrating the life of the Virgin Mary. Note several processional staffs, still carried to this day by the members of this brotherhood o..

  • 15 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.

  • 16 House of Alix Selliers

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

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

    This is a 16C house on five levels

  • 17 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.

  • 18 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.

  • 19 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.

  • 20 Demeure des Cornards

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

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

    Since the Middle Ages, the brotherhood of Cornards has brought together boisterous, bawdy and thirsty citizens, whose anthem is a 25-couplet song best not heard by those with a sensitive disposition! The brotherhood was initially established to ridic..

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