Le Puy-en-Velay

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TownLe Puy-en-Velay
Insee code43157
AltitudeFrom 600 to 888 meters
Surface16.79 km²
Population19707 inhabitants
Density1173 inhabitants/km²


National labelsAiguilhe at 1.3 km (3 min)
DepartmentHaute-LoireEspaly-Saint-Marcel at 1.7 km (4 min)
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The birth of a pilgrimage town... At the heart of a country bristling with mountains, nestled in the center of a hollow volcanic Le Puy -Sainte-Marie was a strange city as geology and history have shaped it. The legend told that the fall of the Roman Empire, the Visigoth and Frankish invasions devastated the country and destroyed the small Gallo-Roman village Ruessium who had implanted in the open plains along the path laid by Bolène Latin to connect Lugdunum in Tolosa. Its inhabitants have fled, or at least looked for a less exposed to the passage of troops there. They would then be moved a few miles away, on the heights of Mount Anicium which rises to one hundred and thirty meters. A myth carefully nurtured by the canons of the collegiate church of Ruessium reluctant to give in to old village episcopal they had prior to St. George. A rumor that Peter ended 4th ensuring the translation of the relics of the saint and those of St. Hilary in Puy in 1162. Yet Anicium had always existed, a Gallo-Roman town which drew its foundation centuries ago, erected thereafter capital city of Vellaves, the name of this Gallic people who lived in Velay on the eastern tip of Aquitaine. However that might be, the village of Anicium, Christianized in the 4th century, grew in importance with its church dedicated to Mary, the latter enjoying all the rights and concessions of the domain by the grace of the Earl of Auvergne and Velay. Which quickly made the wealth of the cathedral church, being an important pilgrimage at the end of the first millennium. If the original village built around the church building was protected by walls, becoming therefore the episcopal residence called " high city " or " cloister ", this did not prevent the lower town, the suburbium Aniciensi, to grow on the side of Mount Anicium with traders, artisans and innkeepers who were able to take advantage of the pilgrims by providing housing, food, and, on occasion, devotional objects. Strong economic activity that led to the construction of a popular housing also located outside the walls of the upper town, usually around monasteries. Honored by the visit of kings and popes, known far beyond the borders of Velay his pilgrimage to the Church of Our Lady, the town, built in tiers on the volcanic slopes of Mount dominated by Corneille rock, gradually lost its original name, Anicium the benefit of Puy- Sainte-Marie. (From : The Children of Durandus - Pierre Grammat ).


St. Michael's Chapel : Perched on an old volcano chimney was called the Aiguilhe -high two hundred and fifty feet wide and one hundred and seventy to eight feet at its base, the St. Michael's Chapel was a humble chapel consists of three apses, dedicated to the Archangel, built in the 10th century by Truannus chapter of the Dean, who had donated to the bishopric. An architectural feat completed by a staircase of some two hundred and sixty to eight steps carved spiral around the peak, which was elevated to church in the 12th century when the modest monument was extended to the limits of the needle. This expansion, made ​​some decades earlier had helped build a tower and a new facade and marble inlays of red brick and blue stones over which watched five reliefs depicting John, Holy Virgin, God, the archangel Michael and St. Peter. A volcanic remnant that commands respect, full of legends and myths. In the village, as it was said of old, a young virgin had been suspected of turpitude and that it, calling the judgment of God, had projected the top of the needle. And had demonstrated its purity réchappant to the steep fall. But the girl, pushed by a crowd urging him to repeat this miracle, swollen with pride and pretension, jumped for a second time. Alas, this time the hand of God does not rescued the girl and crashed to the bottom of the peak, a place that is now called " the leap from virgin ". (From : The Children of Durandus - Pierre Grammat ).

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TransportTrain station Le Puy-en-Velay
Information pointsTourist Office of Le Puy-en-Velay
Leisure centresMuseum Crozatier
MonumentsCathedral Notre-Dame-de-l'Annonciation,   Church Saint-Laurent


The market is held every Saturday, instead of Plot and place of Breuil.

Every year since 1986, Renaissance Festivals are held on the King of the Birds, the third weekend of September.


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Stained glass window courseCraft400 €Monlet (24 km)

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Cathedral of Puy-en-VelayCathedral of Puy-en-Velay
Place du Breuil in Puy-en-VelayPlace du Breuil in Puy-en-Velay
Fountain Crozatier and Prefecture of Puy-en-VelayFountain Crozatier and Prefecture of Puy-en-Velay
Statue of Notre-Dame-de-France in Le Puy-en-VelayStatue of Notre-Dame-de-France in Le Puy-en-Velay
Le Puy-en-VelayLe Puy-en-Velay
Chapelle Saint- Michel AiguilheChapelle Saint- Michel Aiguilhe
Le Puy-en-Velay, VirginLe Puy-en-Velay, Virgin
Branch High CityBranch High City
Rue du PuyRue du Puy
Le Puy-en-VelayLe Puy-en-Velay
Chapelle Saint-Michel AiguilheChapelle Saint-Michel Aiguilhe
The Black Madonna, giving St. LouisThe Black Madonna, giving St. Louis
End of the climb to the cathedral PuyEnd of the climb to the cathedral Puy
The organ, the pulpit and the entrance from the floor of the cathedralThe organ, the pulpit and the entrance from the floor of the cathedral
Dome of the CathedralDome of the Cathedral
Panorama (© JE)Panorama (© JE)
Panorama (© JE)Panorama (© JE)
Panorama (© JE)Panorama (© JE)
Panorama (© JE)Panorama (© JE)
Rock and St. Michael's Chapel (© JE)Rock and St. Michael's Chapel (© JE)
Dyke and chapel Aiguilhe (© JE)Dyke and chapel Aiguilhe (© JE)
Rocher Corneille (© JE)Rocher Corneille (© JE)
Rocher Corneille (© JE)Rocher Corneille (© JE)
Our Lady of France, on the rock Corneille (© JE)Our Lady of France, on the rock Corneille (© JE)
Cathedral (© JE)Cathedral (© JE)
Inside the cathedral (© JE)Inside the cathedral (© JE)
Pierre Fevers in the Cathedral (© JE)Pierre Fevers in the Cathedral (© JE)
Pierre Fevers in the Cathedral (© JE)Pierre Fevers in the Cathedral (© JE)
Stained glass window in the choir of the Cathedral (© JE)Stained glass window in the choir of the Cathedral (© JE)
Virgin black Puy-en-Velay (© JE)Virgin black Puy-en-Velay (© JE)
Cloister of the Cathedral (© JE)Cloister of the Cathedral (© JE)
Cloister (© JE)Cloister (© JE)
Cloister (© JE)Cloister (© JE)
Grid cloister (© JE)Grid cloister (© JE)
Photo gallery of the cloister (© JE)Photo gallery of the cloister (© JE)
Friesland cloister (© JE)Friesland cloister (© JE)
Sculpture (© JE)Sculpture (© JE)
Cloister - Father and the Abbess (© JE)Cloister - Father and the Abbess (© JE)
Cloister - Lions (© JE)Cloister - Lions (© JE)
Cloister - The siren (© JE)Cloister - The siren (© JE)
Chapel of Saint-Michel 'Aiguilhe (© JE)Chapel of Saint-Michel 'Aiguilhe (© JE)
Chapelle Saint-Michel - Bestiary (© JE)Chapelle Saint-Michel - Bestiary (© JE)
Chapelle Saint-Michel - Bestiary (© JE)Chapelle Saint-Michel - Bestiary (© JE)
Chapelle Saint-Michel - Flowers (© JE)Chapelle Saint-Michel - Flowers (© JE)
Choir of the Saint-Michel Aiguilhe (© JE)Choir of the Saint-Michel Aiguilhe (© JE)
Eardrum Aiguilhe chapel of the Saint-Michel (© JE)Eardrum Aiguilhe chapel of the Saint-Michel (© JE)
Chapelle Saint-Michel - Sirens (© JE)Chapelle Saint-Michel - Sirens (© JE)


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French cuisine restaurantVidal  
Vidal Jean Pierre and his wife await you in their restaurant. Enjoy the warm welcome awaits you, as well as the authenticity and friendliness of the place. Come and enjoy a light and...
Located 14.2 km from Le Puy-en-Velay45 € per person 

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Le Puy-en-Velay
A haven of peace in the center of the Puy velay City, a few minutes walk from the historical center, located on the same path of ST Jacques de Compostela, this private property, trees,...
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Villa with 4 bedroomsLes Jardins de Champfleury    
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Our guest house is located on the heights of the town of Le Puy and offers a 180 ° view of the city and monuments. Nestled in lush greenery and flowers, our house offers quality comfort....
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A charming fifteenth century in the heart of the picturesque village of Cheyrac 1 km from the fortress of Polignac and 5 minutes from the Puy en Velay. Natural landscape of the Auvergne,...
Located 2.8 km from Le Puy-en-VelayFrom 80 € to 110 € the double room 

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House for 8 personsGite Les Chazeaux  
Come to discover Laussonne and its surroundings in Haute-Loire. The rural lodging of Chazeaux will accomodate you between friends or in family within a resting framework where all the...
Located 16.3 km from Le Puy-en-VelayFrom 400 € to 541 € per week 
House for 53 personsGite la Cabourne - de 1 à 53 lits
The lodge has 53 Cabourne the chamber 2 to 6 people in beds with en- suite or on landing. The hotel was completely renovated in 2012. Throughout the year we host cousinades, the private...
Located 17.2 km from Le Puy-en-VelayFrom 42 € to 44 € per week 
House for 18 personsAncienne ferme rénovée (15-18 places)
Authentic farm of 250 m². with patio and small yard. Comfort. In a small village of 100 inhabitants. Mountainous region (Mezenc 1745 m) - skiing, hiking, lakes and rivers, festivals...
Located 18.2 km from Le Puy-en-VelayFrom 700 € to 1100 € per week 

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130 places over 5 haCamping d'Audinet    
Situated on the Loire. 115 sites-2 bungalows-13 mobile homes-Service Area camping car-pizzeria-playground.
Located 4 km from Le Puy-en-VelayFrom 13.25 € to 16.35 € per day 
105 places over 4 haCamping de la rochelambert    
At the heart of the south of Auvergne, near Le Puy en Velay, the site is located at the foot of the castle. It is bordered by a wild river and a nature trail through the trees. Halfway...
Located 11.1 km from Le Puy-en-VelayFrom 13.30 € to 19.70 € per day 
90 places over 4,5 haRock'n camp / Camping au bord de l'eau    
Welcome. To Rock'n Camp. A campsite on the water's edge !!! Situated south of Auvergne, 30 minutes from Puy-en-Velay, 790 meters high, dominated by the ruins of the Beaufort feudal...
Located 17.1 km from Le Puy-en-VelayFrom 17 € to 23 € per day 

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Hotel Chris'tel - Hotel in Le Puy-en-VelayHotel Chris'tel     
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Hotel Chris'tel is located in the centre of Le Puy-en-Velay and offers free on-site parking and free WiFi. Guest rooms at the Hotel Chris'tel are non-smoking. They are equipped with...
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Le Puy-en-Velay
Located just outside the centre of Le Puy en Velay, this hotel offers comfortable rooms equipped with en suite facilities, a large desk and free Wi-Fi internet access. The Deltour Hôtel...
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The ibis budget Le Puy En Velay is located opposite the train station in Le Puy En Velay, 200 metres from the historic centre. It has a 24-hour reception and free Wi-Fi is included...
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ibis budget Le Puy En Velay
The ibis budget Le Puy En Velay is located opposite the train station in Le Puy En Velay, 200 metres from the historic centre. It has a 24-hour reception...
ibis budget Le Puy En Velay
The ibis budget Le Puy En Velay is located opposite the train station in Le Puy En Velay, 200 metres from the historic centre....
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