Cantal: History and heritage

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Cantal: History and heritage Cantal fr

You can see the cultural history of Cantal through the ever changing architecture of its buildings: from the simplest stone cottage to the grandest country estate.   

The colourful stories of 12 of the greatest houses of Cantal unfold along the Route des Chateaux d’Auvergne. Among the chateaux open to the public are Auzers with its Napoleon interiors; Tremoliere with its magnificent parks and orchards; dramatic Pesteils overlooking the Cére valley; Sedaiges, unique example of Troubadour architecture, and stunningly beautiful Val whose six towers are reflected in the Lac de Bort.

There are also rare jewels among theRomanesque churches and cathedrals of Cantal.  In particular, the great golden altar at Bredons has an ornate brilliance, while the painted tiled ceiling of the church of Cheylade is quite simply stunning.

You can also sample the culture of Cantal through the busy market places of its towns and villages, such as beautiful Salers and Tournemire, both classified among the Plus Beaux Villages de France, and the historic town of St. Fluor, valued Pays d’Art et Histoire.  And above all, this cultural heritage is given life by the skills and traditions of its people and through seasonal fêtes and festivals that are celebrated today as they have been throughout the centuries. 

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