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Le Puy-en-Velay

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Le Puy-en-Velay - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Haute-Loire
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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 ).

Geographical information

MunicipalityLe Puy-en-Velay
Postcode43000
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Latitude45.0427680 (N 45° 2’ 34”)
Longitude3.8829360 (E 3° 52’ 59”)
AltitudeFrom 600m to 888m
Surface area16.79 km²
Population19707 inhabitants
Density1173 inhabitants/km²
Insee code43157
IntercommunalityCA du Puy en Velay
DepartmentHaute-Loire
RegionAuvergne

Nearest cities & towns

Aiguilhe1.3 km (3 min)
Espaly-Saint-Marcel1.7 km (4 min)
Vals-près-le-Puy2.1 km (6 min)
Chadrac3.6 km (9 min)
Brives-Charensac4.1 km (9 min)
Le Monteil4.6 km (10 min)
Polignac6.4 km (10 min)
Ceyssac6.8 km (10 min)
Coubon7.7 km (14 min)
Cussac-sur-Loire8.2 km (14 min)
Saint-Germain-Laprade9.1 km (14 min)
Sanssac-l'Église9.6 km (13 min)
Blavozy9.9 km (14 min)

Things to see and do

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 ).

Places of interest

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Events and festivities

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.

Photos

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

Thursday 28 may
Min. 8°C - Max. 23°C
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Friday 29 may
Min. 11°C - Max. 24°C
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Saturday 30 may
Min. 12°C - Max. 21°C
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Stained glass window course
Crafts400 € Monlet (24 km)
Segway trip
Sports sensations30 € Tence (32 km)
Trapper evening in a Finnish cabin
Nature and the great outdoors8 € Lapte (35 km)
Horse rides in wild Upper Allier
Nature and the great outdoors20 € to 350 € Langeac (35 km)
Aerocanyon family Ardèche Cévennes
Nature and the great outdoors38 € Labastide-sur-Bésorgues (49 km)

Outings

Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Land of legends
Car itineraryEasy2h00Vorey (16.1 km)
Trees and legends in the Loire gorges
HikeEasy45 minRetournac (21 km)
Yssingeaux Pur Suc - Saint-Roch Hill
HikeEasy1h30Yssingeaux (22 km)
Lizieux Peak
HikeIntermediate1h00Mazet-Saint-Voy (28 km)
The Golden Snake
HikeEasy1h30La Chaise-Dieu (34 km)

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