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  • Views over the Chaîne des Puys

    Views over the Chaîne des Puys | © ViaFrance


    Volcan du Puy-de-Dôme

    At the top of the chain.

    From the height of its 1465 metres, the Puy de Dôme towers over the other 80 volcanoes forming the Chaîne des Puys.
    Formed in 3 stages 11 000 years ago, the Puy de Dôme was the centre of many human activities.
    Mercury was worshipped here from the first to the twelfth century; a chapel to Saint Barnabé was built here.

    Blaise Pascal studied atmospheric pressure here and a little over two centuries later a meteorology observatory was built.
    In 1952, the pack of the Tour de France climbed it.

    Today, priority is given to the battle against erosion and welcoming the numerous tourists.


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