Historic site and monument
in Monistrol-d’Allier

Chapelle Sainte-Madeleine

Located above Monistrol-d'Allier, the troglodyte chapel is an important stopover for the "jacquaires". Nearby are carved into the rock tombs under fire, used in the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries.
To access the chapel, you have to take the GR 65 which rises to a quarry of basalt prisms. You can also reach this chapel by the old road to Saugues.

One can only suppose the existence of a troglodyte oratory in the 13th century according to a text of 1312 which would mention the chapel. But this one would be more recent as shown by notarial documents which mention donations from the 17th century. Finally, excavations carried out in the 19th century on the surrounding graves, made it possible to find coins from the 17th and 18th centuries.
The neoclassical façade closes a rock cavity. It is accessed through a carved door located in its center. On either side of it, two bays closed by balusters illuminate the interior as well as an oculus, located above the door, in the center of a triangular pediment.
Two legends are told: a horseman, governor of Le Puy, would have escaped an accident by invoking Saint Madeleine and a woman who goes to Le Puy for a trial makes the wish that if she wins her trial, she will have an oratory erected.
For more information: Merimated sheet: PA43000047
registration with the MH by order of October 10, 2005
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  • Religious Heritage
  • Chapel


Opening hours from July 01 to August 31, 2024
Excluding summer period. Opening on request for groups of more than 10 people. Request to be made with the town hall of Monistrol d'Allier.





  • Free visits


43580 Monistrol-d’Allier
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