From the portico of the 11-12th century Romanesque Cathedral Notre-Dame of Le Puy one looks down. From this point the long flight of 60 stairs that one needs to descend to get to the steeply descending street below cannot be seen. Once descended you can turn and look up at flight of stairs.
Where ever you stand in Le Puy-en-Velay you either look up or you look down.
Situated on the highest hill in the town, Corneille Peak, the cast-iron statue of Notre-Dame-de-France (The Virgin Mary) stands 53 feet high, overlooking the town and seen from many angles. The statue, presented to the town in 1860, was made from the melted down cannons which were taken in the Siege of Sevastopol (1854 -55).
On the outskirts of town a 10-11th century church, Saint-Michel-d’Aiguilhe sits atop an irregular volcanic plug around 260 feet high. One has no choice but to look up.
Every morning, after being blessed, pilgrims begin their pilgrimage from the Cathedral to Santiago de Compostela. The cathedral was declared a Unesco World Heritage site in 1998, as part of the “Routes of Santiago de Compestala in France.”