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Clermont-Ferrand

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Clermont-Ferrand - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Puy-de-Dôme
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Clermont-Ferrand enjoys an ideal location between the Limagne plain and the Chaîne des Puys mountain range. The capital of the Auvergne region and the birthplace of the famous French mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal, it boasts a rich heritage of numerous fine mansions, like the Hôtel de Fontfreyde, Hôtel Savaron and Hôtel de Chazerat, and beautiful religious buildings in the old town, including the Gothic Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption cathedral which is made of black lava stone from Volvic and has preserved superb original stained-glass windows, and the Romanesque Notre-Dame-du-Port basilica, a UNESCO World Heritage Site containing a striking choir decorated with carved capitals and a crypt with a Black Virgin that attracts a large number of pilgrims each year.

Strolling around Clermont's old quarter, visitors will also see Rue Pascal street, which is lined with elegant houses, the picturesque Rue des Gras and Rue des Chaussetiers streets, and pretty lava stone fountains like the fantastic Renaissance Fontaine d'Amboise.

A must-see is the immense Place de Jaude square with an equestrian statue of Vercingétorix by sculptor Bartholdi in its centre – it's the liveliest square in Clermont-Ferrand and the heart of the city's shopping district.

The Bargoin archaeology museum located near the pleasant Jardin Lecoq gardens houses prehistoric and Gallo-Roman collections of objects unearthed during excavations in the region, including a striking group of 1st-century wooden votive offerings found in a shrine at the mineral springs known as the Source des Roches (rock spring) in Chamalières.

Events not to be missed: the famous international short film festival, which takes places each year at the beginning of February, and the Montferrand medieval festivals every June.

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Clermont-Ferrand

In an exceptional setting at the foot of the Puy de Dome, Grand Site de France and close to the largest French Natural Park, the Auvergne Volcanoes Natural Park and Vulcania European Park of Volcanism, is Clermont-Ferrand the preferred step. Its location is strategic: the heart of France and at the intersection of the axes of Europe, between the North and the South.

Visit The Adventure Michelin: Tourist and cultural offering both a chronological and thematic exhibition dedicated to past, present and future of the Michelin group.

Things to see and do

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Transport

Events and festivities

Detailed information

International Short Film Festival
The biggest event dedicated to short filmFrom 3 to 11 february 2017

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Place Jaude
Place Jaude
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Victory Square
Victory Square
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Downtown
Downtown
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Clermont night and chain of puys
Clermont night and chain of puys
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Notre-Dame du Port
Notre-Dame du Port
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Vercingetorix
Vercingetorix
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Victory Square ASM Jaude
Victory Square ASM Jaude
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Rue des Gras (© Gérard Charbonnel 2014)
Rue des Gras (© Gérard Charbonnel 2014)
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General view between Clermont and Montferrand (© Gérard Charbonnel 2014)
General view between Clermont and Montferrand (© Gérard Charbonnel 2014)
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Place de Jaude (© Gérard Charbonnel 2014)
Place de Jaude (© Gérard Charbonnel 2014)
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Michelin Adventure
Michelin Adventure
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Cathedral of the Assumption (© Gérard Charbonnel 2014)
Cathedral of the Assumption (© Gérard Charbonnel 2014)
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Place de Jaude (© Gérard Charbonnel 2007)
Place de Jaude (© Gérard Charbonnel 2007)
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Victory Square (© Gérard Charbonnel 2007)
Victory Square (© Gérard Charbonnel 2007)
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Avenue United States (© Gérard Charbonnel 2014)
Avenue United States (© Gérard Charbonnel 2014)
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Romanesque church Notre- Dame du Port (© Gérard Charbonnel 2007)
Romanesque church Notre- Dame du Port (© Gérard Charbonnel 2007)
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rue des Gras (© Gérard Charbonnel 2007)
rue des Gras (© Gérard Charbonnel 2007)
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Interior of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption (© Gérard Charbonnel 2007)
Interior of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption (© Gérard Charbonnel 2007)
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Arrows Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption (© Gérard Charbonnel)
Arrows Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption (© Gérard Charbonnel)
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Notre Arrows -Dame of the Assumption (© Gérard Charbonnel 2014)
Notre Arrows -Dame of the Assumption (© Gérard Charbonnel 2014)
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view on a section of Clermont-Ferrand from the Notre Dame Cathedral of the Assumption (© Gérard Charbonnel 2014)
view on a section of Clermont-Ferrand from the Notre Dame Cathedral of the Assumption (© Gérard Charbonnel 2014)
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