Ally is a relatively large rural community (over 3,000 ha) which has 13 hamlets in addition to the main village. The latter is placed on an anchor point remarkably well chosen, sheltered from the north wind (cold north wind) for example, and giving to the south. The village is located north-west of the department of Haute-Loire, south of Auvergne, on the border of the department of Cantal. It is a plateau of curiosities with its mines of antimony and its windmills.
Altitude between 549 m (Pradal) and 1,109 m (Novechaze volcano).
Ally would undoubtedly be of Arabic origin, some facts and writings go in this direction... but mystery. Nevertheless, the presence of man in this territory is much earlier. The presence of Gallo-Romans is proved by the very ancient exploitation of the silver and antimony mines. Ally was on the crossing of the road linking Saint-Flour (Cantal) to La Chaise-Dieu (Haute-Loire), then staked by many planted stones (today lying in the brush) Easily during winter snow storms.
In the Middle Ages, the Rochefort of Ally, then lords of the place, reigned over the whole territory. From the eleventh century, a castle stood proudly above the main village with its five towers, connected by a very high wall, and dominated the whole town. The peasant houses, the wash house (11th), the cemetery and the church (12th century) were clustered around them.