Rendez-vous at the Cloister of Puy-en-Velay Cathedral

Rendez-vous at the Cloister of Puy-en-Velay Cathedral Cathédrale du Puy-en-Velay 43000 Le Puy-en-Velay fr

Romanesque cloister and art collection

Sheltered at the side of the cathedral in Le Puy-en-Velay (Auvergne), the Romanesque cloister is famous for its colourful arcades. Its 12th century gate is a rare example of ironwork from the Romanesque era.

A space for contemplation, the cloister now features capitals, which offer an occasional touch of humour. In the chapter house, an 18th century fresco represents the crucifixion.

The tour also includes the Museum of Religious Art, situated in the machicolation building.

Designated world heritage site by UNESCO.

Practical information

  • Unaccompanied tour with guide booklet: French, German, English, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese
  • Guided tour: French

Access

  • Between the main roads Clermont-Ferrand/Montpellier and Lyon/Avignon, 78 km south-west of Saint-Etienne
  • From Clermont-Ferrand: A75, exit 20, then RN102, Le Puy
  • From Lyon: A6 to the motorway A47, Saint-Étienne, then RN88, Le Puy

Contact

Cloître de la Cathédrale du Puy-en-Velay
3, rue du Cloître
43000 Le Puy-en-Velay
Tel: +33 (0)4 71 05 45 52