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Montepeyroux, the fortified Auvergne Village

 

Discover the delightful charm of this fortified Auvergne villages, once a prosperous winemaking town, that has been beautifully restored. Walk through the winding streets of the centre and climb to the top of the tower for a view of the village and the surrounding volcanoes.

The entryway to the fortified village
The entryway to the fortified village

Perched on the rocky peak from which it takes its name, Montpeyroux overlooks the Allier Valley. This small fortified village is built from local arkose sandstone, giving it a surprising "coppery" luminosity. Exporting arkose was the main trade of Montpeyroux, the stone was used for the Notre-Dame-du-Port basilica in Clermont-Ferrand as well as the Saint-Austremoine abbey church in nearby Issoire.

 

In the 19th century, Montpeyroux became a winemaking town and vineyards filled the slopes around the village. Several remain today, and young winegrowers are renewing the history of Montpeyroux.

 

 

An impressive tower overlooks the village
An impressive tower overlooks the village
The main attraction of the town is Its Romanesque dungeon tower, an excellent example of military architecture in Montpeyroux, Auvergne during the 12th and 13th centuries. From the top (open from April to October), you can overlook the village’s rooftops from a height of more than 30 m (98 ft) and take in the breathtaking view. Visually impaired visitors can discover the village thanks to its tactile model and the "sensory tour" specially prepared for them.

 

Don't miss:

The tower, the wine growers house on Pradet Street.

 

Plan your holiday with activites and restaurants in Montpeyroux

 

 

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