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Auzon, Petite Cité de Caractère in Auvergne

This page was updated on: Friday, November 15, 2019 at: 5:18 pm

Petite Cité de Caractère label - Small Town of Character

This label was created in Brittany in 1975.

It applies to small rural municipalities of less than 6,000 inhabitants that already are protected by the Historic Monuments or the label ZPPAUP (Architectural Heritage Protection Zone) or AVAP (Architecture and Heritage Enhancement Areas) or are under a Safeguarding and Development Plan.

These towns and villages must have once been places of local power and therefore boast a rich heritage which they are committed to rehabilitate and enhance.

Auzon, Petite Cité de Caractère in Auvergne

Discover Auzon, Petite Cité de Caractère

Between the fertile Limagne Plain and the Livradois Mountains, Auzon overlooks the Auzon and Gaudurel Valleys from atop its promontory.

This charming medieval town, nestled behind its ancient ramparts, boasts an exceptional architectural and religious heritage.

You can explore Auzon on foot, along marked trails that follow its picturesque cobbled lanes, and along its old walkway that offers a superb vista.

The municipality steadily restores Saint-Laurent Collegiate Church, a superb illustration of 12th century Romanesque architecture in Auvergne.

The discovery circuit will take you also by the medieval Halle (covered market), as well as the castle, St-Michel Chapel and the Pays d'Auzon Eco-Museum.

The latter exhibits nearly 800 original objects from local trades and traditions of yesteryear!

Finally, Auzon boasts a very unusual museum: the Musée de la Vespa, a private collection of about 30 original Vespas produced between 1947 and today.

Opening hours: Wednesday and Saturday afternoon in July and August, or by appointment the rest of the year (tel: +33 0673055598 - Email: tulipe.la@free.fr) - Free admission!

Saint-Laurent Collegiate Church
Ramparts

Petites Cités de Caractère in Auvergne

Medieval Auzon is the latest town to join the 28 Small Towns of Character of the Auvergne region.

It’s an addition to Allègre, Chilhac, La Chaise-Dieu, Le Monastier-sur-Gazeille, Saint-Paul-de-Chalencon and Saint-Paulien in the department of Haute-Loire.

The department of Allier has 3 small towns of character:

Bourbon-l'Archambault, a prestigious spa town and the cradle of the royal Bourbon dynasty.

Hérisson, a charming walled village, whose name also means hedgehog in French, and the town of Ebreuil.

Department of Puy-de-Dôme: Artonne, Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise, Champeix, Châteldon, La Sauvetat, Le Broc, Nonette, Saint-Florêt, as well as Sauxillanges and Chauriat (status in progress).

Finally, in the department of Cantal you'll find Laroquebrou, Marcolès, Menet, Murat, Pleaux, Raulhac, Saint-Urcize and Montsalvy, a picturesque town that has revived its ancient Basket Festival.

These small towns of character are among the many attractions the beautiful Auvergne region has on offer...

Auzon - Department of Haute-Loire - Auvergne region
Coordinates: Lat 45.391899 - Long 3.374186

Credits: Photos by Jean Piludu-Papou Poustache
Medieval Halle (covered market)
Fortified gate
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