Main city of the Haute-Loire, Le Puy-en-Velay has many attractions. The visit of the Notre-Dame-de-France cathedral built in the 11th century should not be missed, as well as its cloister. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the cathedral is of Auvergne Romanesque style with with Eastern and Spanish-Moorish influences. This site is also an important stopping point on the Way of St James (Santiago de Compostela pilgrim route).
The old town has preserved its old pretty houses, especially in the Chamarlenc and Pannessac streets.
The Crozatier museum is a really encyclopaedic museum dedicated to archaeology, objets d'art, science and technology, ethnography and natural sciences.
Corneille Rock, on which a monumental statue of Notre-Dame de France stands, towers 130 metres over the town! From there, the view of Le Puy-en-Velay and its surrounding area is magnificent.
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 the French in 2015.
A dynamic city with its many activities, it is also the departure of the road of St. Jacques de Compostela, Stevenson, St. Regis...
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 ).
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.