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Address: 17 Rue du Rocher, 43000 Le Puy-en-Velay, France
Phone Number: +33 4 71 09 50 03
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Amazing geological formation

You climb many steps and then, you are there, great views and interesting exhibit on the local flora when you get back down.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 September 2016
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Sidney, Canada
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Sidney, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

You climb many steps and then, you are there, great views and interesting exhibit on the local flora when you get back down.

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Springville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

The Chapelle St. Michel is located on top of a puy (volcanic cone). It takes maybe 10 or 15 minutes to ascend, there are steps and a handrail. You get beautiful views in all directions as you wind your way to the top. The chapel is a reverent place. I was impressed with the devotion of those who chose to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

The walk up is reasonably strenuous via some steep steps, though there is a fairly good railing for most of the way. The climb is worth it with an almost Buddhist hermitage type feel to the chapel on the top.

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Kobierzyce, Poland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

Not long trip up, but really worth it. We made it with kids and interior as well as the view is fantastic!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

The climb rewards you with spectacular views of Le Puy, but the chapel itself is beautiful, spiritual and special. The ceiling murals are fascinating, beautiful stained glass. When we went a small group of nuns decided to sing. The acoustics resonate softly. The quality of the stonework on the front arch is impressive

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Hamme, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

The chapel is worth the climb. If not for the view, then certainly for the building itself. My wife and I have a thing for old Roman buildings, and we were not disappointed.

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Racine, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

I'm in awe of the churches built on volcanic spires/vents. Pilgrims have been coming for many years and it is cool to walk in their footsteps. Town is east to navigate, beautiful lace shops, lots of crêperies.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

This was one of my favorite places on my recent trip to France. Its a hike to get up there, but anyone can do it as long as they take their time. The views are spectacular and the chapel itself is quite special. If you find yourself in Le Puy, definitely come visit.

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Wittenberg, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016

Do not be put off by the ascent , it only takes 10 minutes and you are transported into medieval christendom - unique !

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016

There is quite a climb to get to this marvellous chapel but it is worth every step. Designed specifically to fit its site atop a volcanic plug the building is plain, elegant and moving. Views from the site are beautiful too but how much more beautiful to early pilgrims before the rash of modern development on the surrounding slopes.

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