A medieval town on the old Roman road from Lyon to Bordeaux, the commune of Billom is located in the Limagne plain in the Puy-de-Dôme department. Member of the urban area of Clermont-Ferrand, it is notably bordering on Saint-Georges-sur-Allier.
Formerly the Gaulish Druidic Center, the town of Billom became one of the first Good City of Auvergne in the 12th century due to its flourishing economy. For centuries, its fairs, schools and places of worship have attracted many visitors. Integrated into the Livradois-Forez Regional Nature Park, the town is now known for its tourism and architectural heritage.
The important medieval quarter, as well as the numerous cultural offerings in the municipality of Billom, make it a place appreciated by tourists and lovers of old stones.
In the Gothic poitevin style, the Saint-Cerneuf church has undergone many modifications over the centuries. Classified as Historic Monuments, it dates from the beginning of the 12th century. The Romanesque crypt, a vestige of this original construction, reveals in particular a wooden statue of Saint Cerneuf, classified as a Historic Monument. You can also see mural paintings from the 12th century, with a scene of martyrdom and the legend of St. Margaret. The four chapels radiating on the sides were completely rebuilt in the 14th and 15th centuries, presenting today only a few tombs of origin like the one of Gilles I Aycelin de Montaigut, classified to Historic Monuments.
The town also houses the church of Saint-Loup of the 14th and 15th centuries in medieval Gothic style, as well as the church of Tinhalt. The first is also classified as a Historic Monument.
It is in the medieval quarter of Billom that you will discover the most beautiful architectural buildings of the city. As you walk through the narrow streets, do not miss the 15th-century Bailly's house, the 16th-century Dean's and the Alderman's houses, the butcher's and 15th century chapel's, or the belfry Of the sixteenth century.
Built in the 19th century, the gardens of La Croze present an English garden, a French kitchen garden, rose gardens, an orchard or even a regular garden. Located in the Livradois-Forez Regional Nature Park, they have several bicentenary trees, a listed tricentenary oak, kennels and a carpet of wild cyclamen.
The weekly market is held every Monday morning.
In July and August, Les Jeudis du Pressoir propose aperitifs in the Place du Pressoir.
A garlic fair takes place in mid-August with a market of producers and different animations.
A fantastic medieval festival, Charivari is held every year at the beginning of September. The program includes shows, jugglers, acrobats, waders, concerts, booths and much more.