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Le Monestier

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Origin of name: The name of Monestier (Monascola 18th century) describes a small monastery, a name due to the presence of a priory of La Chaise-Dieu.

The village center is located in a beautiful location overlooking the east basin Ambert. The granite soil or clay in the depressions is thin.

Le Monestier may have been an important place of settlement in the Gallo-Roman. In fact, Viren, south-east of the town, it has sometimes been seen as remnants of construction the existence of an ancient villa. Elsewhere were found fragments of various origins, a fragment of glass necklace with amber, a bracelet, a handle of a dagger, a small bronze horse.

Fiefs and castles: Most of the current municipality was part of the manor of Roche-Savine, mentioned in the Cartulary of Sauxillanges from the 10th century. On a spur of a stronger mound and surrounded by moats, rose early one castle to the 13th century became an important fortress. First possession of Polignac, the lordship passed several hands over the centuries. Around 1724 the manor was purchased by Abraham Peyrenc de Moras, a rich financier residing in Paris, his descendants held it until 1789.

18th century to today: In a poor agricultural country, craft textiles has long been an important resource with the manufacture of laces, and stamens of hawkers. In the eighteenth century, there was some time in Escures a manufacturer of glass bottles and goblets "Bohemian way. The temporary emigration was to continue until the population decline of the late nineteenth century. In winter the women were making beads or lace. Around 1880, according to J.-B.Bouillet, textiles have disappeared, the sale of wood was the only source of income. It was then, he said, Monestier the most beautiful trees in the township, but their operations were very difficult. Rye, oats, potatoes and some barley crops were normal. After the 19th Le Monestier is essentially a farming country.

Geographical information

MunicipalityLe Monestier
Latitude45.5632810 (N 45° 33’ 48”)
Longitude3.6623770 (E 3° 39’ 45”)
AltitudeFrom 753m to 1215m
Surface area17.31 km²
Population214 inhabitants
Density12 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureClermont-Ferrand (68 km, 1h12)
Insee code63230
IntercommunalityCC du Haut Livradois
TerritoryAuvergne, Massif Central

Nearest cities & towns

Saint-Amant-Roche-Savine3.8 km (8 min)
Grandval7.4 km (12 min)
Ambert8.9 km (11 min)
Fournols10.8 km (13 min)
Saint-Éloy-la-Glacière11.1 km (13 min)
Bertignat12 km (19 min)
Saint-Ferréol-des-Côtes12.8 km (19 min)
La Forie13.7 km (17 min)
Chambon-sur-Dolore14 km (17 min)
La Chapelle-Agnon14.1 km (21 min)
Champétières14.1 km (18 min)
Thiolières14.1 km (19 min)
Marsac-en-Livradois15.6 km (17 min)
Saint-Martin-des-Olmes16.1 km (22 min)

Things to see and do

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Events and festivities


Mountains seen from Livradois Monestier
Mountains seen from Livradois Monestier
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Thursday 21 september
Min. 2°C - Max. 26°C
Friday 22 september
Min. 6°C - Max. 24°C
Saturday 23 september
Min. 9°C - Max. 24°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Each common share High Livradois discovery trail, tagged, which takes you to the most beautiful views and small heritage sector. The trail Monestier, called "The lick butter dishes" is 7 km, lasting 2 h.

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Tour of a manual woodturning workshop
Arts and CraftsFreeArlanc (16.5 km)
Visit of a craft biscuit factory
Local flavoursFreeSaint-Rémy-de-Chargnat (28 km)
Well-being and beauty treatments at a Cinqs Mondes Spa
Well-being69 € Issoire (32 km)
Visit to a knife-maker’s workshop
Arts and CraftsFreeArconsat (36 km)
Laberge chocolate and biscuit factory tour
Local flavoursFreeSaint-Polgues (46 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Henriette's Trail
HikeEasy2h30Auzelles (12.7 km)
Country walk in Livradois Forez
HikeEasy2h00Champagnac-le-Vieux (26 km)
The Golden Snake
HikeEasy1h30La Chaise-Dieu (27 km)
Folgoux and the arboretum
HikeIntermediate3h00La Chaise-Dieu (27 km)
Palette of religious buildings nuanced with Romanesque art
Car itineraryEasy1h30Issoire (32 km)


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