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The Auvergne: the vibrant heart of French culture. The Auvergne's cultural heritage is both simple yet generous.
Among its many treasures: Romanesque art and buildings, one of the richest Chateau regions and 11 of France's Most Beautiful Villages.
Don't miss the numerous festivals highlighting the unique culture of Auvergne. With street theatre, music, historical festivals and hiking events, there's something for everyone!
The Auvergne has around 250 religious buildings, erected between the 11th and 13th centuries. Together, these comprise an outstanding Auvergne culture and heritage characterised by their extreme purity and unity. The Romanesque style can be admired in particular in five major buildings: Notre Dame du Port in Clermont-Ferrand (listed as UNESCO world heritage), Saint-Saturnin, Saint-Austremoine in Issoire, Notre Dame du Mont-Cornadore in Saint-Nectaire and Notre Dame d’Orcival.
The Auvergne is a land of castles, most of which are still inhabited, and which stand as living witnesses to the region’s history. Several of the castles are home to remarkable gardens, open for visits.
These ancient buildings are brought to life for special events, exhibitions, concerts, performances or receptions, and many also offer bed and breakfast accommodation.
The Auvergne boasts 11 villages with the "Plus Beaux Villages de France" label. Don't miss your chance to visit these picturesque towns. Start planning your trip to see them all!
Whether you're in Le Puy-en-Velay in the Haute-Loire (a town listed as UNESCO world Heritage) to travel along the St. James Way or in Vichy taking in the spas and the opera, you'll quickly discover the cities within the Auvergne culture are not to be missed.