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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  • After a grueling climb under a Sun of weights and 38 degrees, what a joy to discover this charming small building. Beautiful chapel with the I simple from great column... and what about paintings very well maintain! A true dream awake! Do and redo!
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  • If the ascent may seem difficult, the reward is great. An exceptional view and we had the opportunity to meet a group of Scouts with their chaplain. They sang in the chapel of liturgical tunes which gave an important spiritual dimension.
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  • Nice small climb of more than 260 steps to find a beautiful chapel and a beautiful view of the city. Recommend.
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