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Gergovie plateau

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Puy-de-Dôme

Gergovie plateau - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Puy-de-Dôme

Formerly called Merdogne plateau, the vast Gergovie plateau, located 15 kilometres south of Clermont-Ferrand, is famous for being the site of the famous Battle of Gergovia that took place between Vercingetorix and Julius Caesar's armies in 52 BC. A commemorative monument erected by Napoleon III in honour of Vercingetorix stands on one edge of the plateau. From this site, there's a fantastic view of Clermont-Ferrand, its suburbs and the Limagne plain below.

Worth visiting: the Maison de Gergovie, an information centre devoted to the geology, archaeology and history of the plateau.

Two not-to-be-missed events take place on the plateau: Les Arverniales, a weekend-long archaeology festival every July that features living history displays of the Gallic period; and Cervolix, an impressive annual kite festival every second weekend of October.

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