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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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Le Puy-en-Velay, located south of the Massif Central is a city of art, history, and culture in a natural environment. A UNESCO heritage site, the cathedral is also ranked second favorite monument of French in 2015.

A dynamic city with its many activities, it is also the start of the road to St Jacques de Compostela, Stevenson, St. Regis...

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
Population19734 inhabitants
Density1175 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.

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Le Puy-en-Velay Cathedral
Le Puy-en-Velay Cathedral
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Place du Breuil in Puy-en-Velay
Place du Breuil in Puy-en-Velay
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Choir of Saint-Michel d'Aiguilhe chapel (© JE)
Choir of Saint-Michel d'Aiguilhe chapel (© JE)
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Cloister of the cathedral (© JE)
Cloister of the cathedral (© JE)
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Panorama (© JE)
Panorama (© JE)
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Gallery cloister (© JE)
Gallery cloister (© JE)
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Fountain Crozatier Prefecture and the Puy-en-Velay
Fountain Crozatier Prefecture and the Puy-en-Velay
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Statue of Our Lady of France in Puy-en-Velay
Statue of Our Lady of France in Puy-en-Velay
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Le Puy-en-Velay
Le Puy-en-Velay
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Chapelle St. Michel d'Aiguilhe
Chapelle St. Michel d'Aiguilhe
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Le Puy-en-Velay, Virgo
Le Puy-en-Velay, Virgo
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Senior Management City
Senior Management 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 St. Michel d'Aiguilhe
Chapelle St. Michel d'Aiguilhe
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The Black Virgin, Saint Louis donation
The Black Virgin, Saint Louis donation
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End of the climb to the Puy cathedral
End of the climb to the Puy cathedral
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The organ, the pulpit and the entrance floor of the cathedral
The organ, the pulpit and the entrance 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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Rock and St. Michael Chapel (© JE)
Rock and St. Michael Chapel (© JE)
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Aiguilhe chapel and Dyke (I ©)
Aiguilhe chapel and Dyke (I ©)
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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 Corneille rock (© JE)
Our Lady of France, on the Corneille rock (© 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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Black Virgin of Puy-en-Velay (© JE)
Black Virgin of Puy-en-Velay (© JE)
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Cloister (© JE)
Cloister (© JE)
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Cloister (© JE)
Cloister (© JE)
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cloister Grid (© JE)
cloister Grid (© JE)
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cloister of Friesland (© JE)
cloister of Friesland (© JE)
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sculpture (© JE)
sculpture (© JE)
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Cloister - The abbot and the abbess (© JE)
Cloister - The abbot 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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Chapelle St. Michel d'Aiguilhe (© JE)
Chapelle St. Michel d'Aiguilhe (© JE)
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Chapel Saint-Michel - Bestiary (© JE)
Chapel Saint-Michel - Bestiary (© JE)
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Chapel Saint-Michel - Bestiary (© JE)
Chapel Saint-Michel - Bestiary (© JE)
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Chapel Saint-Michel - Flowers (© JE)
Chapel Saint-Michel - Flowers (© JE)
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Eardrum of the Saint-Michel d'Aiguilhe chapel (© JE)
Eardrum of the Saint-Michel d'Aiguilhe chapel (© JE)
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Chapel Saint-Michel - Sirens (© JE)
Chapel Saint-Michel - Sirens (© JE)
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Stained glass window course
Arts and Crafts400 € Monlet (24 km)
Guided tour of a Clog-maker’s Studio
Arts and Crafts5 € to 8 € Mazet-Saint-Voy (28 km)
Segway trip
Entertainment30 € Tence (32 km)
Trapper evening in a Finnish cabin
Entertainment8 € Lapte (35 km)
Visit a professional beekeeper
Local flavoursFreeArlanc (44 km)

Outings

Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Around the Loire
HikeEasy1h30Lavoûte-sur-Loire (8.6 km)
The Corboeuf Ravines
HikeEasy1h30Rosières (12.8 km)
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)

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