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Murat

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Cantal

Murat - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Cantal
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A mid-mountain municipality at the foot of the Mounts of Cantal, in the Alagnon glacial valley, Murat is a Station Verte-certified "green resort" in the Massif Central. At the crossroads of Haute-Auvergne, this picturesque medieval town backs onto the basaltic rock of Bonnevie, which towers over the historic centre. In the Middle Ages, Murat was a fortified town and a major road hub, which encouraged trade. Many fairs and markets were held there. Two other volcanic mountains surround it, the Bredons Rock and the Chastel-sur-Murat Rock.

Many old houses, some of which are listed Historic Monuments, provide a reminder of the medieval and Renaissance period. Must-see sights on a walk along the streets of the old town: the consular house, one of Murat's gems with its 15th-century façade; the old bailiwick house from the 16th century on Place de la Boucherie; the Collegiate Church of Our Lady of the Olive Trees (Notre-Dame-des-Oliviers), built between the 12th and the 14th centuries, with its statues and altarpieces from the 17th and 19th centuries; the Hurgon House on Rue du Bon-Secours. The old town with its grey roofs and Bonnevie Rock, with the statue of Our Lady of Haute-Auvergne towering over it, form a beautiful group, where the buildings are mainly made of natural materials from the region, such as wood, flagstone and volcanic stone.

Based in a superb 16th-century mansion, the House of Fauna will delight lovers of butterflies and beetles, with 8,000 species on show. A collection of stuffed birds and mammals, shown in their natural habitat, is also on display.

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Murat

Its weekly market Friday morning, its many shops and services make it a lively place in an exceptional setting.

A visit to the old town, free or accompanied, is offered at the Tourist Office. You will discover the many architectural riches of the medieval city.

Chastel-on-Murat:

Built at the foot of a volcanic neck, Chastel-sur Murat dominates the valley of Alagnon. You will love the Romanesque chapel Saint-Antoine dating from the twelfth century and its remarkable frescoes. Built on a basaltic promontory, it is accessible only on foot and offers a panorama of great beauty at 1200 meters above sea level.

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Murat in winter (© Hautes Terres Tourisme)
Murat in winter (© Hautes Terres Tourisme)
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Castle of Anterroches (© Hautes Terres Tourisme)
Castle of Anterroches (© Hautes Terres Tourisme)
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Peat bogs of Chastel-sur-Murat
Peat bogs of Chastel-sur-Murat
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