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Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral

Built entirely from black lava stone, this imposing Gothic cathedral stands on a hill in the city center, facing toward the Puy de Dôme volcano. 

You won’t need directions to find the Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral. See the twin black stone spires of this Gothic structure from all over the city. They stand at 315.2 feet (96.1 meters) high. The dark façade contrasts with stained-glass windows in blues, reds, pinks and purples, and the combination is truly arresting.  

Although building work began on the cathedral in 1248, it remained unfinished until 1902. The stained-glass windows, depicting saints and martyrs, date from the 13th and 14th centuries. Inside the cathedral you will find a 16th-century clock that sounds when automatons of Mars and Faunus beat the head of Old Man Time. See some of France’s best-preserved medieval frescoes here too.

During the French Revolution, the cathedral was turned into a Temple of Reason. Pause to imagine how many paintings and statues were burnt during this time. Most of the old bells were also melted down. 

Today, the highlights of the cathedral are the chapels which surround the choir. These hold the most magnificent frescoes and the best of the stained glass. Venture beneath the choir to enter the crypt, the only remaining part of an earlier cathedral. Find two ornately carved early Christian sarcophagi here, one in white marble from the 4th century and one from the 5th or 6th.

The great organ is also something to behold. It curves perfectly around the windows as it was designed and built at the same time as that part of the cathedral. Listen to it after mass and enjoy its stunning acoustics. 

On rainy days water flows from the mouths of the gargoyles that adorn the outside of the cathedral. If the weather is looking good, scale the cathedral’s Bayette Tower for amazing views of the city. 

Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral is located on Place de la Victoire, in the city center. Mass is held daily and it is open to the public every day except for a break at midday. You can only visit in the late afternoon on Sundays and bank holidays. To see the cathedral fully, allow around 30 minutes for your visit.


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Appart'City Clermont Ferrand Centre £205
Appart'City Clermont Ferrand Centre

Appart'City Clermont Ferrand Centre

46 Boulevard Pasteur, Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dome
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Blatin, this residence is within 1 mi (2 km) of Musee Bargoin and Place de Jaude. Musee Lecoq and Musee du Ranquet are also within 15 minutes. Clermont La Rotonde Station is 17 minutes by foot and Clermont-Ferrand Royat-Chamalieres Station is 23 minutes.

    Apparthotel Privilodges Carré de Jaude £70
    Apparthotel Privilodges Carré de Jaude

    Apparthotel Privilodges Carré de Jaude

    7 Avenue Julien, Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dome
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Blatin, this residence is within 1 mi (2 km) of Musee du Ranquet and Place de Jaude. Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral and Musee Bargoin are also within 10 minutes. Clermont La Rotonde Station is 17 minutes by foot and Clermont-Ferrand Station is 22 minutes.

      Jaude Residence 2
      Jaude Residence 2

      Jaude Residence 2

      Clermont-Ferrand, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Clermont Ferrand City Centre, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Musee du Ranquet and Place de Jaude. Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral and Musee Bargoin are also within 10 minutes. Clermont La Rotonde Station is 17 minutes by foot and Clermont-Ferrand Station is 19 minutes.

        Jaude Residence Stay 4
        Jaude Residence Stay 4

        Jaude Residence Stay 4

        Clermont-Ferrand, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Clermont Ferrand City Centre, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Musee du Ranquet and Place de Jaude. Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral and Musee Bargoin are also within 10 minutes. Clermont La Rotonde Station is 17 minutes by foot and Clermont-Ferrand Station is 19 minutes.

          Jaude Stay Aparthotel
          Jaude Stay Aparthotel

          Jaude Stay Aparthotel

          Clermont-Ferrand, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Clermont Ferrand City Centre, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Musee du Ranquet and Place de Jaude. Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral and Musee Bargoin are also within 10 minutes. Clermont La Rotonde Station is 17 minutes by foot and Clermont-Ferrand Station is 19 minutes.

            "cozy Spirit" on Central Plateau £266
            "cozy Spirit" on Central Plateau

            "cozy Spirit" on Central Plateau

            Clermont-Ferrand, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Clermont Ferrand City Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Musee Bargoin and Place de Jaude. Musee Lecoq and Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral are also within 5 minutes. Clermont La Rotonde Station is 13 minutes by foot and Clermont-Ferrand Station is 17 minutes.

              Mercure Clermont Ferrand Centre Jaude £82
              Mercure Clermont Ferrand Centre Jaude

              Mercure Clermont Ferrand Centre Jaude

              1 Avenue Julien, Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dome
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Blatin, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Musee du Ranquet and Place de Jaude. Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral and Musee Bargoin are also within 10 minutes. Clermont La Rotonde Station is 16 minutes by foot and Clermont-Ferrand Station is 21 minutes.

                Citotel Dav'hotel Jaude £56
                Citotel Dav'hotel Jaude

                Citotel Dav'hotel Jaude

                10 Rue Des Minimes, Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dome
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Clermont Ferrand City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Musee du Ranquet and Place de Jaude. Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral and Musee Bargoin are also within 15 minutes. Clermont La Rotonde Station is 20 minutes by foot and Clermont-Ferrand Station is 22 minutes.