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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  • This chapel is dedicated to the archangel Michael build on top of a rock. You got to be asking yourself how did they do it in the mediaeval times. Getting up there is not as difficult as you would thi...  more »
  • 3.50€ adult ticket. Amazing panorama of the city and Notre Dame statue. 268 steps till the top. The real symbol of Le Puy en Velay.  more »
  • What can you say? This is a pretty spectacular place and being able to access it is pretty special. The walk up the steps gets the heart rate going, but it doesn't take long. The view and the chapel i...  more »