Le Puy en Velay

Le Puy en Velay is holy and beautiful.

The Chapel of Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe. I was walking around trying to find a good angle for a photograph rather than just appreciating the beauty, and so I blocked out the serenity. I had to make the decision to put my camera away, so that I could enjoy the sight of it, rather than the challenge of contructing an image.

St Michel d'Aiguilhe- Christ in MajestyThe chapel, and Notre Dame de France:

Chapel St Michel d'Aiguilhe et Notre Dame de France

Our Lady blesses the Cathedral:

Our Lady of France blesses the Cathedral, Le Puy en Velay

Kneeling at her feet is Monsignor Joseph de Morlhon, the bishop who arranged her construction.

One may climb up inside her, and indeed see her face from inside.

The face of Our Lady of France from within

And- here is the ferry: the lines, angles, shadows, colour I like, though to have someone sitting behind that block, just the legs visible, would have been the detail to make it. The one that got away…

7 thoughts on “Le Puy en Velay

  1. I really love your photo of the Chapel of Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe. It looks as if the rock was made for the chapel and not the other way around. It so happens that I also have a photo collection of medieval churches and monasteries in Georgia (the country) and some of them also precariously stood on high places but this one, I think, beats them all in terms of the way its situated.

    Thanks for the return visit to my blog and for reminding me to leave a comment. Regards – Jessie


  2. Love the Chapel of Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe!!! Although I’ve never been, I am fascinated with all chapels/castle built upon a cliff like that!!!! Admire your will to have been able to put away your camera & enjoy the view & sense of the experience!!! Great shots!! 🙂 **


  3. Thank you both. It was Jessie’s comment “I value questions, comments and feedback and will appreciate if you can leave a note after viewing my posts” that really prompted me. Even though Shaw said, “Do not do to others what you would be done by them. They may not have the same tastes.” A “Like” is a hello rather than praise.

    Wikipedia shows the two volcanic plugs below the chapel and the statue. The view on this site from the surrounding hills, with the plug emerging from the trees, is otherworldly. The plug is 268 steps high.


    • Wilkommen, Marius, and thank you for commenting. It is gorgeous, isn’t it.

      You illustrate my point. I comment on that forum, and you click to see. But when the link sits on my side-bar no-one clicks it. Memes might be the answer: I see Edward Snowden on your blog, I might be tempted to click that. I will try memes: and perhaps as a link out.


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