Chapelle St. Michel d'Aiguilhe, Aiguilhe

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Must see · Architectural Building · Religious Site
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. Plan trip to Aiguilhe with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • This chapel set on an a tall rock in the center of Le Puy, is a gorgeous example of early medieval architecture. In addition, the view from the top is spectacular. The 268 steps are interspersed with....  more »
  • It's a little bit of work to climb the stairs to the top, but the wonderful views of Le Puy and its surroundings, and the beautiful little chapel at the top, make the effort worthwhile. There is also....  more »
  • A must see when traveling to Le Puy. It is quite a trek though, so wear good shoes, and bring water.
  • Unbelievable achievement to build a chapel on top of a very high rock. Go in the early evening and observe a service before the long walk down. Also visit the Mary and Jesus statue on an even higher rock and experience the son et Lumiere show in the evenings. Brilliant place to visit. The town is called Puy en Velay.
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