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Built from lava stone on a volcanic hill, Usson is listed as one of France's "Most Beautiful Villages", and overlooks the Varennes plain.
It was here that the Auvergne's greatest fortress was built. The small village was once overlooked by a castle in which Queen Margot was locked away for 19 years. The presence of winegrowers’ houses reminds us that for a long while, winegrowing was Usson’s main activity. To reach the small Romanesque church, you should take the narrow streets lined with black stone houses followed by a small path which will take you to the village’s basalt columns.
The Church of Saint-Maurice, the Old Forge