Auvergne is part of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of France. It comprises the four departments of Allier, Puy de Dome, Cantal and Haute Loire.
Auvergne is one of France’s ancient provinces.The modern Auvergne region is made up of the historic province, plus an area in the north known as le Bourbonnais. Apart from the north of the region, Auvergne is essentially a land of mountains and valleys, with peaks culminating at over 1800 metres (around 6,000 ft) and large areas of rather sparsely inhabited uplands.
It is a region reputed for its “great outdoors”, its natural environment, its old towns and villages, and its rich historic heritage.
The region is home to a chain of volcanoes known collectively as the “chaîne des Puys”. The last confirmed eruption was around 4040 BCE.
See also: Cities in Auvergne
Le Puy Cathedral – Cathédrale Notre-Dame du Puy – is a Roman Catholic cathedral, and a national monument of France, in Le Puy-en-Velay, Auvergne. It has been a centre of pilgrimage in its own right since before the time of Charlemagne, as well as forming part of the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela.
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The Pagoda is a Buddhist temple erected in 1983 by the Buddhist community. A beautiful giant Buddah sits facing the sunset and welcomes visitors to the harmonious tinkling of bells. You can visit the ornately decorated temple, just leave your shoes at the entrance, and volunteers will accompany you on your visit.
The Château d’Alleuze is a ruined castle situated in the commune of Alleuze, in the Cantal département of France.Built in the 13th century by the constables of Auvergne, it belonged to the bishops of Clermont. During the Hundred Years War it was seized for the English by Bernard de Garlan.
Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral is a Gothic cathedral, and French National Monument, located in the town of Clermont-Ferrand in the Auvergne. It is the seat of the Archbishops of Clermont (bishops until 2002). It is built entirely in black lava stone, which makes it highly distinctive, and visible from a great distance.
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