The History of Velay is offered to you with a visit to its emblematic fortresses. Among them, the fortress of Polignac, the fortress of Saint-Vidal and its summer shows, as well as the castle of Chavaniac-Lafayette, stronghold of the Marquis hero of the Two Worlds.

The castle of Chavaniac-Lafayette,

the Manor of the Two Worlds

General Lafayette was born on September 6, 1757 and spent his early childhood in Chavaniac, a small town in Velay. At the age of less than twenty he embarked clandestinely for America on a large wooden ship "The Frigate of Liberty" named the Hermione.

His name remains attached on the one hand to the tricolor cockade and on the other hand to the most intense moments in the history of freedom: Independence of the United States, Declaration of Human Rights. He is also nicknamed: the hero of both worlds!

St. Vidal

and the history of France

Dormant for 20 years, the Saint-Vidal fortress opens its doors again in 2018 to offer you shows and attractions that retrace the great history of France.

The Borne valley does not seem impregnable, but the Château de Saint-Vidal has proven throughout history that it was! Demonstrating over the centuries the full value of its defensive architecture.

The feudal era, marked by the Cathar heresy, the troubles of the Hundred Years' War, the pillaging of the truckers, the rivalries between the bishop-count of Velay and the Polignac family, have left important testimonies in terms of civil and military architecture. Fortress and fortified houses occupy the heights in strategic positions such as the fortress of Polignac, the castles of Bouzols, Arlempdes, Allègre, La Rochelambert…

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Fortress of Polignac

From 6 €  / adult
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Rochelambert Castle

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Durianne Castle

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Fortress of Saint Vidal

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Volhac Castle

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Château du Thiolent and its park 

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Organic Chateau Paysan & Durianne Conservatory

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Castle of Lavoute-Polignac

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