Located 950 m above sea level, about ten minutes from the Puy-en-Velay, Le Monastier-sur-Gazeille is a chief town of canton and the main town in the Community of Communes Pays du Mézenc and the Loire Sauvage with over 1800 inhabitants ; it is the gateway to the Regional Park of the Monts d'Ardèche.
Chaffrienne The city developed around a Benedictine abbey which had its heyday in the eleventh and twelfth centuries and has enjoyed a strategic position, between the Massif Central and the Rhone Valley. From its prestigious past, the town has inherited a considerable heritage: Romanesque church of the tenth century - a Romanesque abbey church in large part with his treasure and his organ in 1518 - a sixteenth century castle, the convent buildings of the eighteenth. Le Monastier is also famous for hosting Robert Louis Stevenson in 1878 before his "journey with a donkey in the Cévennes", and its viaduct said Recoumène, vestige of Transcévenole line whose construction was revived thanks to Laurent Eynac, Prime Minister of the Air Monastier born before being definitively abandoned in the late 30s.
Land of agriculture and culture, motor sports and intense social life, Le Monastier today has many services, shops, businesses and sports and cultural facilities that make it a magnet and a very important town center. Thanks to its dynamism, the town has seen its population rise steadily in recent years; also welcomes more and more visitors who appreciate the richness and diversity of its heritage, but also an increasing number of hikers who walk in the footsteps of Stevenson, on the way to Saint Regis or on one of the many courses of labeled hikes. At the crossroads between Le Puy-en-Velay and the highlands of Mézenc, Le Monastier-sur-Gazeille deserves a visit. Do not hesitate: come discover the land of Mange-goats, human resources and the friendliness of its people, its beautiful landscapes and its heritage, its originality and quality of life. No need for GPS: all roads lead there!