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Clermont Ferrand is the capital of the Puy-de-Dôme department and one of France's oldest cities. It lies in the Massif Centrale, surrounded by stunning countryside.
Clermont Ferrand (Puy-de-Dôme) mini guide
Clermont-Ferrand is situated in the Auvergne region of France, and is this region’s principal city, as well one of France’s oldest cities. Famous for the volcanoes surrounding it, the Chaîne des Puys, the Puy-de-Dôme which is 13km from the city is the highest of these and known for the telecommunication antennas that sit on top and are visible from far afield. Wide open pastures and lakes sit side by side with volcanic mountain ranges, craters, and rivers, and castles and chateaux dot the landscape
The city sits on the plain of Limagne and is probably best known for the statue of Vercingetorix sitting on a horse and holding a glaive which is located in the place de Jaude, as it was sculpted by Frédéric Bartholdi who also created the Statue of Liberty. The inscription reads: J'ai pris les armes pour la liberté de tous (I took to arms for the liberty of all).
The imposing cathedral, the Cathedral Notre Dame de L’Assumption (13th-14th C) is built of dark-colored volcanic stone and is one of the great Gothic cathedrals of central France. It is notable particularly for its beautiful stained glass (13th- 14th C), particularly in the choir chapels and the rose windows in the transepts. In the crypt, which belonged to an earlier 10th C church, is a fourth century sarcophagus. The Romanesque towers and west front were replaced by Viollet-le-Duc in neo-Gothic style in 1865.
|Department:||Central France > Auvergne > Puy-de-Dôme >|
|Location:||Just south of the centre of France, midway between Limoges and Lyon in the Auvergne|
A few hours from Paris, the central location of Clermont-Ferrand is one of its major assets.
|Tourist information website:||http://www.ot-clermont-ferrand.fr|
|Tourist information switch board number:||+ 33 (0)4 73 98 65 00|
|Tourist information address:||Place de la Victoire, 63000 Clermont-Ferrand, France|
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