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

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. du For

    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..

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

    Towns and villages

    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..

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

    Religious buildings

    r. des Tables

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

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

  • 16 Rue du Cardinal-Polignac

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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