Statue of Notre Dame de France

Le Puy-en-Velay
Auvergne
Attractions and places of interest
Landmarks and Historic Buildings

Sitting on top of a 2,500ft high hill of volcanic rock, the statue of Notre Dame de France, the Virgin Mary, looms over the town of Le Puy-en-Velay. Constructed in iron and painted pink, the 16m high statue was made from hundreds of melted down Russian cannons that were given to the town by Napoleon III after they were captured by the French during the Crimean War. Inaugurated in 1860, the view from the statue's feet is well worth the climb and is one of the most spectacular sights in the region! 

Nearby attractions

The highest point of the city of Le Puy-en-Velay, the cathedral contains architectural styles from every period between the 5th and 15th centuries.

Come explore the underwater beauty of the sea at the Aquarium de Grand Lyon! 5,000 fish in 47 pools from nearly 300 different species swim around behind glass whilst blacktip sharks, stingrays and more can found in the 450,000...

At the unusual Musée Miniature et Cinéma you can see hundreds of miniature models and tiny objects as well as a great collection of film sets!

This spacious park includes a fantastic rose garden, a zoo, a lake and more. Europe's second-largest urban park, this one has a zoo too - and it's free!

Places to visit nearby

Le Puy-en-Velay in Auvergne is a peaceful and religious haven in an ancient volcanic landscape that is famous for its statue of Our Lady of France who looks down over the city.

Lyon in Rhône-Alps is the stylish capital of the region, known for its beautiful architecture, fantastic restaurants and excellent shopping.

Vichy in Auvergne is a popular spa resort town that experienced its heyday during the Belle Epoque.