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Destination Parc des Volcans d'Auvergne

Mountains, plateaus and valleys

Hautes Terres en Auvergne

A religious heritage

Roman churches and chapels, stone crosses in villages or by the side of the road, have preserved their original charm. These places are steeped in history and contain numerous architectural treasures.

 

Must see churches

Allanche : church of Saint Jean Baptiste

It has been classified as a historical monument since 2002. See a 17th century baroque style gilded altarpiece, an ornate chapel and magnificent statues, one of which is a muliticoloured wooden 15th century.

 

Bredons : church of Saint Pierre and the site of Saint Paul, part of the Clunisian site federation

Built on a basaltic peak, this eleventh century Cluniac site classified as a “monument historique”, offers an exceptional viewpoint over the town of Murat. Originally a Benedictine priory, this fortified chapel boasts baroque style furniture and a high alter dated from 1706 which is the most important in the Haute-Auvergne.

 

Dienne : church of Saint-Cyr and Saint-Juliette 

Classed a “monument historique”, the church’s structure dates from the twelfth century. Its architecture is one of the most remarkable in the Auvergne. It is 25 m long and contains all the significant elements of a Roman church. The pieces of furniture alone merit a detour.

 

Neussargues en PInatelle

-Church at Chalinargues : dating from the twelfth century, the church in Chalinargues is the only church in the Haute-Auvergne endowed with a pentagonal tower forming the body of the bell ‘comb’ structure. Inside the church there are notable decorations and furniture some of which is classed of historic interest. Nearby, and not to be missed, is the granite cross in the village of Mons which dates back to the fifteenth century.
-Church at Moissac : It has a comb bell tower; inside there are some beautiful frescos, a polychrome pulpit and a pilgrim tomb. There are also some Merovingian stone tombs nearby (11th-12th centuries).

 

Murat : church of Saint-Antoine (Chastel-sur-Murat)

On a basalt promontory, at a height of 1 200 metres, stands the Roman chapel Saint-Antoine which is built on the site of the feudal castle of Lesbros.  Access is on foot only. The trek’s rewards are the remarkable frescos inside the church and the magnificent panorama without.

 

Massiac : the chapel of Sainte-Madeleine

Historical sites and monuments. The XII century Romanesque chapel was formerly part of a castle which as since disappeared. Panoramic views over the city of Massiac and the Alagnon Valley. Open all year round.

 

Molompize : the chapel of Vauclair

This was built as a home for Notre Dame de Vauclair, a majestic statue of the virgin which remains an object of worship. The roman edifice is influenced by the Limousin having a pure style (estimated to date from the end of the thirteenth century) contrasted with its colourful interior decoration of animals and plants.

 

Ségur-les-Villas : the chapel of Valentine

The Chapel of Valentine is a real citadel, with an amazing viewpoint over the Santoire valley and the Limon mountain plateau.

 

Virargues

Reputed for its fresco representing the miracle of the “hanged unhanged” attributed to Saint James, the Romanesque church in Virargues dates back to the 11th century. It was partially restored in the 16th century, and the recently discovered paintings date back to that period.

 

 

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