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Chapelle St. Michel d'Aiguilhe
Reviewed October 27, 2012

Unbelievable! Look at some of the photos on-line. It's really not that hard to walk to the top, either.

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Reviewed September 22, 2012

Very atmospheric, how it every got built so high up is a mystery, definately worth visiting but you have to be reasonably fit to cope with so many steps. It only cost 3 euros which was good value.

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Reviewed October 31, 2011

Construction built on top of lava plumes. Fantastic view! Lots of stairs but easy to navigate.

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Reviewed February 6, 2007

I visited Le Puy en Velay in August 2006 and had a fascinated guided tour of the old town and the cathedral. Following our guide, we made our way around the building where we could see St. Michel Aiguilhe, next to the town, an enormous 88 meter high rock – also part of the volcanic chimney. A chapel was built at the top in 962 and an amazing treasure was discovered there during restoration work in 1955 – relics and fabrics which date back to that time, and a beautiful little wooden crucifix, very Byzantine-looking, probably brought back from the east – before the first crusade. Our guide encouraged us all to climb up to the top – 264 steep steps, (we had already done about 160 following her round the historical part of town!) but she promised us there was a hand-rail and several benches for halts on the way up. It only took about 5 minutes to walk from the cathedral to the bottom of the rock and 8 minutes to get to the top. I must say, it looked formidable from a distance! But I had intended going up there, in fact, I wanted to start by that but had missed the turning. So it was quite good I had the guided tour first, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have noticed the small niche in the chapel wall with the treasures. I was able to show this to other people too. Postcards were on sale at the bottom, and a good selection of walking sticks – had admired several on my various stops, but these were almost half the price (special price for pilgrims?). Mine has a cockle shell on it, and Le Puy-en-Velay - the genuine article and already used with profit!


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