Eglise Saint-Laurent

This is the only Gothic church in Le Puy-en-Velay. The chancel contains the recumbent statue of the military leader Bertrand Du Guesclin.

Description

The church was built in 1221, then enlarged in the 14th century. It has a beautiful Flamboyant Gothic-style portal. Once inside, visitors are surprised by the size of the nave. The magnificent stained-glass windows dating from the 19th and 20th centuries have been skilfully restored. Visitors can see the beautiful wooden decoration (pulpits, stall, etc.) and a fine organ first used in December 1882.
In the 18th century, due to a lack of maintenance, the church threatened to collapse. Buttresses were built, and then in the 20th century cables were set up to support the pillars. Unfortunately, the church closed in 1971. It was reopened to the public at Christmas 1988.

Languages spoken

  • French

Themes

  • Religious heritage

Prices

Free

Free of charge.

Opening

All year round, daily between 8.30 am and 7 pm.

Address

2 Boulevard du Docteur Chantemesse
43000 Le Puy-en-Velay