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. Plan trip to Le Puy-en-Velay with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • Yes of course, he must climb the many stairs (268), we must also after visiting down them, but you'll be delighted you did, a bit of courage... The small chapel is beautiful and you'll have a great view of the Puy en Velay. Fewer people in this season makes the visit.
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  • Unforgettable view! A try. Access is not difficult, even for young children. Breaks are scheduled in the climb. Worth the small effort: the point of view of the city is gorgeous and intimate chapel.
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  • It is very well located, from the top, we got a great view of the Puy in Velay, but lack of maintenance and development inside
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