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In the heart of Le Puy-en-Velay, it is an essential place of peace and meditation, even for those who are not believers. The origins of the Notre-Dame du Puy cathedral go back to the 10th century. But the influx of pilgrims who came to adore the Virgin Mary required several expansions and improvements over the centuries. It is built in a Romanesque architecture, although it dates from the Gothic period. The combination of oriental, Spanish and Italian inspirations is part of its singularity. The Byzantine influences are found in the mosaics of the arcades as well as in some frescoes. The choir rests directly on the rock. In the eleventh and twelfth centuries, four additional bays were built, boldly constructed in the void, to make up for a difference in level of 17 m, which represents two thirds of the building. A real architectural feat for the time! Numerous alterations and restorations were carried out over the centuries. The building has been listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1998. But before reaching the building, you will have to climb a staircase of 134 steps. It leads to the altar of the church, it is called the staircase of the belly because it allows the visitor to enter through the navel of the cathedral, its center. As for the interior, the Black Madonna actually dates from the 17th century, the original offered by Saint Louis having been burned by the revolutionaries. It was then a sculpture made in cedar, dressed in an oriental style. She was holding the child Jesus on her lap, both with black faces but white hands. There is an engraving of this Virgin dating from 1778. Do not miss the Stone of Fevers. This volcanic table would have been witness to apparitions of the Virgin during the Gallo-Roman period. It would also have a power of cure, it is for this stone that was built the first sanctuary on the site in the5th century. Today, pilgrims lie down on this stone in the hope of leaving their sufferings to it. Note also that the cathedral is historically a stopover on the via Podensis, one of the four major routes to the Spanish shrine of Santiago de Compostela. Relaunched in 1990, the section (marked as a GR) leading from Puy-en-Velay to the Domaine du Sauvage in Haute-Loire crosses the Velay mountains and part of the Margeride.

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Open all year. Open every day from 7am to 7pm, until 10pm from mid-July to mid-August. Free. Guided tour.

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Piggy84
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Un plongeon au Moyen-Age !
Une ville incroyable ! Le centre-ville est remarquable, on se croirait au Moyen-Age, et cette cathédrale est le point historique à ne pas manquer au milieu de tous ces batiments de roche volcanique.
MelLomprez
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Visited in july 2021
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Point de départ du chemin de saint Jacques de Compostelle, les pierres volcaniques de la construction de cette cathédrale sont saisissantes.
fute_2419878
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du plus grand intérêt
cette cathédrale, joyau de l'art roman en France, figure dans les visites obligatoires si on séjourne dans la région. L'histoire est passée par là, et c'est le départ du chemin de saint Jacques de Compostelle
Inaita
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Visited in july 2020
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Magnifique
Très Jolie. La visite par contre se mérite, il faut monter les nombreuses marches pour entrer dans la cathédrale.
Babouk63
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Visited in july 2020
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Très beau monument
Très beau.
Les pierres noires, ajoutés aux dimensions font de ce lieu, un monument magnifique....
chantal64
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Visited in september 2019
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Un édifice incontournable à visiter
Cette cathédrale est aussi imposante de l'extérieur que de l'intérieur, l'effort de monter les marches pour y accéder vaut vraiment la peine, et permet de se plonger dans l'ambiance du Pélerinage à St Jacques de Compostelle dont elle est l'un des points de départ.
Vierzon
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Visited in july 2018
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Très belle cathédrale
Ça monte énormément mais l’effort est récompensé à l’arrivée
Lapinette1992
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Visited in june 2018
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Tres belle cathédrale à découvrir absolument si vous passez par le Puy en Velay. Le mieux est d’arriver par la montée de la rue des tables, vous aurez alors une vue imprenable sur la façade de la cathédrale.
fute_263973
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Visited in september 2017
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très belle destination pleine d'histoire et oeuvre d'art
fute_961717
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Visited in july 2017
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Belle cathédrale sur les hauteurs du Puy. Ouverture sur la nef qui permet de sortir directement sur le centre ville.
futedj85
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Visited in november 2017
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Edifice extraordinaire lorsqu'on le découvre par la montée de la rue des Tables. ... aux pieds des grandes marches, on est d'emblée saisi par la beauté de la cathédrale qui semble vous ouvrir ses bras
CHATAIGNE 48
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Visited in august 2017
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cet été ville de lumière au puy en velay
remarquable de beauté visuelle et musique géniale
cyclotte
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une vrai merveille , a voir absolument lors de votre visite au Puy en velay
flos06
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La cathédrale est magnifique et mérite à elle seule la visite.
fute_458727
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Visited in april 2017
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Très belle cathédrale qui domine la ville. Le vue est superbe.
L'orgue est impressionnant.

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