Clermont-Ferrand rests in a large plain which is sandwiched between a dormant volacano-range, Chaîne des Puys, to its west and the mountains of national park, Livradois-Forez, to its east. This metropolitan area was once two, separate rival cities, Clermont and Montferrand, and in the 17th century they were united by Louis XIII. A massive 13th century church, Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption de Clermont, prominently stands in the old town with its monumental spires soaring high into the sky. With a car hire in Clermont-Ferrand, you will be able to tour the city and the picturesque, surrounding mountains freely.
The Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption de Clermont is a prominent feature of the cityscape; it stands out because of its colossal size and its dark gray tone. Volcanic stone was used in constructing this Gothic church, an undertaking that took 7 centuries to complete. Another impressive piece of religious architecture is the Notre-Dame-du-Port. It was built in the 12th century in a Romanesque style, using an assortment of oatmeal toned, rectangular stones.
Be sure to take the time to stroll through the city's most popular plaza, Place Jaude. Here you will find great shopping along the tree lined square and notice the high-reaching mountains off in the distance. A figure of Vercingetorix, a Gallic leader and warrior from 45 BC, stands tall in Place Jaude; the same sculpter, Frédéric Bartholdi, who created the Statue of Liberty forged this monument.
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