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

(4.8/5 based on 400+ 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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  • In the town of two rocky peaks. On one temple, the second like a small Castle stands. Wake up quite steep, but worth it. Terrain range are also quite picturesque, mountainous. In the central part of the town of pleasant picturesque streets. The most pleasant impressions.
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  • Beautiful chapel at the top d a rock views the city has must see if you visited the puy
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  • Symbolic place to visit if you come to the Puy en Velay. must of course climb 250 steps, but the view is extraordinary on the basin of the city and the surroundings. On the other hand the frescoes and the paintings inside are beautiful. A must see
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