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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  • It's not a co-incidence that they have a defibrillator at the top of this climb but it is worth it. The chapel is very peaceful and a great place for rest and reflection. 
  • Sincerely is one of these things that surprise you, never had seen a rock so vertical, narrow and high, not connected to any mountain system... and to make it unique, crowned by a church at its peak. Really worth seeing
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  • Romanesque chapel built atop a volcanic peak, overlooking the large crater of Puy
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