Chapelle St. Michel d'Aiguilhe, Le Puy-en-Velay
(4.8/5 based on 380+ reviews on the web)
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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  • If you come to the Puy in Velay, don't miss a visit to this beautiful chapel of the tenth century, at the top of his rock. The pack 3 visits is interesting (€9.50 for visit of N.D. of France, St Michel Chapel and fortress of Polignac). With good shoes the rise of markets is very good. We were lucky to go in very fine weather end of October and so enjoy a great view of Le Puy and its surroundings, without being too hot. At the top we can do the Tower of the chapel. Penetrating inside the chapel we feel a great serenity and great admiration for those who built it so long ago.
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  • A spectacle view, seeing it from a distance is difficult to imagine how this kind of construction could be done. One of the favored by the French, when you visit it you understand why. I would recommend comfortable shoes, stairs require it.
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  • Superb! The rise, the medieval church, the view, we forget all the front mounted steps so it's beautiful
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