12 km from Issoire, Departmental on 26, in the direction of Besse-en-Chandesse, is a village out of a postcard Saint-Floret. Surrounded by rocks, it looks like these southern villages where light does take different forms depending on the season.
Developed Village at the foot of the castle, dolphins possession before 1225 Auvergne. Roche was named Saint Floret Couze during the Revolution, because the lock formed by two rocky spurs dominate Couze Pavin, a small river that runs through the village. The town is named Saint-Floret compared to the Bishop of Saint-Flour, which was co-bishop of Clermont during the episcopate of St. Gal at the heresy of Arius (fifth century).
Several bridges join the two banks of the river and the old bridge Pède (fifteenth century) whose sole arch door in the middle a chapel housing a virgin majesty, Romanesque polychrome (XIII). When the village was bombed by the German Luftwaffe in 1944, the only bomb that did not explode was the one who fell under the bridge.
A different architecture adjoining bridge deck miracle for motorists to cross the Couze to climb the rock of Castel.
Saint-Floret can boast of a past where history has left its mark. By climbing lane on the road Clémensat appears a castle from the 13th century. A door opens onto a magnificent hall of knights. If the time worked for the destruction of the murals, he lets find 13 tables (out of 40 originally) depicting the romance of Tristan and Iseult. Among the characters we recognize King Mark, Tristan Léonois, Palamedes, Helis, Morgan le Fay ... These frescoes were executed around 1370 by Pierre-Athon Saint-Floret during the installation of Jean de Berry in Auvergne. This room is built in Gothic cubic grandiose proportions with an edge of about 10 meters. 12 Gothic ribs of a rare elegance will be attached to a beautiful keystone emblazoned representing a human face to the sun. The second room of the castle is open since 2011 and you can discover the panoramic view of the castle keep.
Today the town has about 300 inhabitants in the village and surrounding hamlets that are: La Vigne Grande Orphanges, The Montel Chazérat, Aubignat, The Outside, oak wood.
Visit the castle and the site Chastel with experienced guides from June to October.
An exceptional setting with a cave and a source of mineral water.
Source Lion's Head: Of the 600 mineral springs found in Auvergne, is undoubtedly that of Saint-Floret which is one of the most impressive. The most spectacular of its features come from its shape due to the mineralization of the water. The "Lion Head" is in fact composed of a rock called travertine deposition resulting from continuous limestone carted by water
Group tours narrated by a guide can take place throughout the year. Make an appointment at City Hall, Place de la Treille at +33 4 73 71 10 39 - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
During the months of June, July, August and September, you have a point "Tourist information" to guide you through your visits and you discover the heritage, every day without an appointment. Information +33 4 73 54 90 66.
Beautiful tours have been developed between the different sites of the town. From the village, you can visit the castle through the old bridge on which is placed a beautiful Madonna and head by a small footpath to reach the archaeological site Chastel. Archaeological site with unique rock tombs anthropomorphic the High Middle Ages, dominated by an ossuary pyramidal shape. A second walk can bring you to the wonderful source of Lion's Head. Continuing the walk, you make a loop that will take you to an ancient castle and you descend on the bridge Ribeyre.
EVENTS AND CELEBRATIONS
June: Spring Festival for the Feast of Saint-Floret. Various games for children and adults, free tournament in 10 events. Meal. Registration +33 4 73 71 43 84 or 06 88 79 or 8132 +33 6 78 56 97 77.
July: Feast of Orphanges - The Montel (Common Saint-Floret). Garage sales and flea free. Join the +33 4 73 71 43 84 or +33 4 73 71 16 66.
In November, the Sunday after All Saints: Autumn Festival organized by the CCAS of the Commune. Party with autumn products, antiques and attic. A living writers and a painting exhibition held at the hall of the castle of Saint-Floret frescoes. Craftsmen are not forgotten and come every year more and more numerous entertainment and dining Auvergne. Inquire +33 4 73 71 10 39 or +33 6 31 34 72 02.
The second Saturday in December: Winter Festival, Santa's arrival by sleigh, Christmas market, taste and surprise for children Schools. Enrollment +33 4 73 71 10 39 or +33 6 31 34 72 02.