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La Chaise-Dieu

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Haute-Loire

La Chaise-Dieu - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Haute-Loire

In the heart of Regional Park Livradois Drill, La Chaise-Dieu offers a unique setting and unspoilt forests, deep valleys and rivers very pure, rich architectural heritage, cultural and musical prestigious and peaking at an average altitude of 1000 m.

The community of communes of La Chaise-Dieu tray includes 11 towns and an area of ​​17,491 hectares, including 4,200 hectares of agricultural land (24%) and 11 500 hectares of softwood (66%). The population of the township is close to 2 200 inhabitants.

When in 1043, Robert Turlande leaving the canons of Brioude looking for a more ascetic life is on the granite plateau he moved to 1082 m altitude, between Auvergne and Velay. La Casa Dei (house of God) was born...

Soon joined by hundreds of followers, in 1050 Robert founded a Benedictine monastery with many dependencies, beaming to Europe.

Three centuries later, a former monk La Chaise-Dieu becomes Pope under the name of Clement VI. Very attached to his original abbey, he wanted to be buried in an abbey church worthy of his time.

The construction of the present Gothic church began in 1344, under the orders of the supervisor of the Palais des Papes in Avignon. The façade, towers and tower Clementine were completed in 1376 in a style combining religious art and architecture defensive.

From that glorious past of this city rich then 4000 inhabitants, we have a remarkable heritage, reclaimed over time and setting of the prestigious La Chaise-Dieu Music Festival, founded in 1966 by the Hungarian pianist Georges Cziffra.

Do not forget to admire the Dance Macabre, amazing fresco of the fifteenth, the beautifully carved choir stalls which surround the tomb of Clement VI in the choir of the abbey.

Geographical information

MunicipalityLa Chaise-Dieu
Latitude45.3206310 (N 45° 19’ 14”)
Longitude3.6958450 (E 3° 41’ 45”)
AltitudeFrom 916m to 1120m
Surface area13.58 km²
Population674 inhabitants
Density49 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureLe Puy-en-Velay (26 mi, 40 min)
Insee code43048
IntercommunalityCA du Puy-en-Velay
TerritoryAuvergne, Massif Central

Nearest cities & towns

Malvières3 mi (8 min)
Sembadel3.5 mi (9 min)
Connangles3.9 mi (8 min)
Bonneval4.2 mi (11 min)
La Chapelle-Geneste4.3 mi (11 min)
Félines4.7 mi (8 min)
Cistrières6.2 mi (11 min)
Saint-Pal-de-Senouire6.3 mi (15 min)
Saint-Alyre-d'Arlanc6.6 mi (14 min)
Dore-l'Église7.3 mi (13 min)
Berbezit7.6 mi (17 min)
Monlet8 mi (13 min)
Jullianges8.1 mi (12 min)
Saint-Sauveur-la-Sagne8.8 mi (21 min)

Things to see and do

Places of interest

Information points

Events and festivities

Choral Singing Session
Rally of Folk Groups
The Rendez-Vous Festival in June: "Brass Quintet"
Flea market and garage sale of La Chaise-Dieu
Inauguration of CLAACH Premises
Musical show
The Night of the Churches in La Chaise-Dieu
Stained Glass and Costumes Exhibition
Exhibition Postcards and Old Photos
Art and Craft Market


La Chaise-Dieu cloister
La Chaise-Dieu cloister
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Village and Abbey La Chaise-Dieu
Village and Abbey La Chaise-Dieu
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Cloister of the Abbey
Cloister of the Abbey
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Cloister of the Abbey
Cloister of the Abbey
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Abbey Church of La Chaise-Dieu
Abbey Church of La Chaise-Dieu
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Main portal of the abbey church
Main portal of the abbey church
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The organ of the Abbey
The organ of the Abbey
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Friday 26 may
Min. 12°C - Max. 20°C
Saturday 27 may
Min. 10°C - Max. 18°C
Sunday 28 may
Min. 9°C - Max. 15°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Quad or buggy trek in Auvergne or the Lyonnais
Sports sensations50 € to 185 € Saint-Alyre-d'Arlanc (4.3 mi)
Horse rides in wild Upper Allier
Nature and the great outdoors20 € to 350 € Langeac (21 mi)
Family Aventure Park on the riverbanks
Entertainment20 € La Séauve-sur-Semène (27 mi)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
The Golden Snake
HikeEasy1h30La Chaise-Dieu
Folgoux and the arboretum
HikeIntermediate3h00La Chaise-Dieu
Country walk in Livradois Forez
HikeEasy2h00Champagnac-le-Vieux (9.7 mi)
Land of legends
Car itineraryEasy2h00Vorey (13.9 mi)
Montpeloux basaltic organs - Cascades du Creux de l'Oulette
HikeIntermediate3h30Saillant (14.2 mi)


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