Chapelle St. Michel d'Aiguilhe, Le Puy-en-Velay

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A fascinating little pilgrimage chapel, Chapelle St. Michel d'Aiguilhe was built in 962 CE atop an 85 m (279 ft) high volcanic formation needle. To reach the chapel, you need to climb 268 steps carved into the rock. Façade stonework illustrates themes from Genesis and Revelation with five reliefs beneath each arch representing Creation and Redemption. The upper walls inside the pyramid vault are covered in 10th century frescoes. A niche in the right wall of the sanctuary displays sacred artifacts discovered in the altar in 1955, including an 11th century wooden crucifix. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Chapelle St. Michel d'Aiguilhe by using our Le Puy-en-Velay family vacation planner.
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  • Take the staircase that climbs to the top of the needle of basalt that supports to get to the Saint Michel Chapel. The climb is rough but the reward is wonderful on arrival: a 360 degree view on the basin of the Puy, the Cathedral and the rock bearing the statue of the Virgin. The Chapel is also very beautiful, and invites us to reflection. Exhibition of representations of black virgins in the entrance building. Paid access. Nearby, do not miss the Crooked Bridge and the old village at the foot of the needle. Ch
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  • Sports, not necessary, just go at their own pace. The ticket is good advice with a certain friendliness. You won't regret the efforts of rise when you enjoy the circular view of the region. You can see the first rock that you have just made. A rather peculiar very pleasant to visit Church. The descent it is nice to find a small gift shop (box office)
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  • You climb many steps and then, you are there, great views and interesting exhibit on the local flora when you get back down. 
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