Le Puy-en-Velay

Le Puy-En-Velay

Le Puy is about a 45 minute drive from Les Trois Noyers, and it offers a set of incredible small volcano peaks  -  on one of them a church has been built, while the others have exquisite statues.

The town’s beautiful cathedral  -  Notre-Dame is from the 12th century and is absolutely recommended as a place to visit.

St. Michel d'Aiquilhe and Virgin and Child Above Le Puy

Le Puy-en-Velay, Le Puy, is the administrative capital for the county of Haute-Loire and is approximately 110 km (68 miles) southwest of Lyon; which has around 22.000 inhabitants (2001). The town is located in the Central High Plains area of France (Massif Central) at a height of 700 meters (2,300 feet) filled with unique volcanoes from the Tertiary period. The volcanoes softer exterior have been eroded away, leaving only the inner, more resistant ”volcanic plugs” or ”lava plugs” seen as large steep pinnacles / cones, some of which have been bravely built upon.  The highest of which is 80 meters high (260 feet) with the church St. Michel d’Aiguilhe erected upon it in the 11th century.  The cathedral Notre-Dame from the 12th century was built in the roman style, with byzantine influences and it was built with black  lava-stones on a high cliff next to a  monastery.  The town below came to be in the middle ages as a result of pilgrimages to the cathedra and the black madonna.

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