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Musique in Haut Allier - Auvergne - France

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Music Valley - La haute vallée de l'Allier, Auvergne, France
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Music Valley - La haute vallée de l'Allier, Auvergne, FranceMusic in Auvergne :

The high valley of the Allier

from Brioude to Langeac – peace and quiet, history and an unspoilt natural environment

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St. Cirgues - Dieu, GodStraddling the A75 motorway at the point where it enters the high country of the Massif Central,  the north of the Haute Loire department, from Auzon to Chanteuges via Brioude and Langeac, offers a wealth of opportunities in terms of heritage tourism, ecotourism and visits. Whether in the "Pays d'art et d'histoire" (rural heritage area of outstanding artistic and historical value) or  in the immediate vicinity, this is a region that abounds in historic monuments, castles, old abbeys and churches, remarkable landscapes, and other unusual tourist attractions such as underground visits in a Gallo-Roman tin and antimony mine, the French Resistance museum at Mont Mouchet, or a distillery producing organic essential oils, at Saint Hilaire. 

Picture right: God - detail from 14th century murals in the church of Saint Cirgues.

On this page The Allier Valley
Senouire, Allagnon and in between

In the valley of the Allier :

From north to south

Death in mediaeval fresco at Lavaudieu, Haute Loire
Medieaval fresco depicting Death, in the abbey of Lavaudieu. Dated 1355

In the Pays d'Art et d'Histoire area - valleys of the Allagnon and the Senouire, and in between

Outside the "Haut Allier" heritage area.

Within 50 km

Le Puy en Velay
Remarkable romanesque cathedral and cloisters, with unusual use of coloured stonework. One of the main departure points on the great pilrimage route to Compostella.

Chapelle St Michel de l'Aiguilhe, le Puy
Tenth century hermitage chapel perched on top of a spire of volcanic rock.

Abbey of La Chaise-Dieu
Ancient Benedictine Abbey, founded in 1043. Famous for its remarkable mediaeval fresco of the Dance of Death, and for its classical music festival in August.

Le Mont Mouchet,
Museum of the French Resistance
Well presented museum commemorating the activities of the French Resistance in this area in the Second World War.

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