Historic site and monument
in Le Puy-en-Velay

Eglise du College

Many people are unaware that the Eglise du Collège is the first known example in France of the Jesuit style. It was built in 1605 by the architect, Brother Martellange. To build it, he took the Church of the Gesù in Rome as a model.
It is in this parish church that is located the sanctuary of Saint Jean-François Régis, the apostle of Velay and Vivarais, who died in Lalouvesc (in Ardèche) in 1640. It was from 1636 that he traveled the mountains of Vivarais and Velay in order to evangelize its inhabitants. He created a refuge on the Puy for repentant prostitutes, defended the lacemakers by obtaining from the Toulouse parliament the right to make lace again...
To see: the altarpiece located in the choir as well as remarkable paintings by Guy François. The pulpit panels are sculpted by Pierre Vanneau (1653-1694)
The altar was made by the sculptor Philippe Kaeppelin in 1984.
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  • Religious Heritage


Opening hours from January 01 to December 31, 2024
MondayOpen from 09 a.m. to 18 p.m.
TuesdayOpen from 09 a.m. to 18 p.m.
WednesdayOpen from 09 a.m. to 18 p.m.
ThursdayOpen from 09 a.m. to 18 p.m.
FridayOpen from 09 a.m. to 18 p.m.
SaturdayOpen from 09 a.m. to 18 p.m.
SundayOpen from 09 a.m. to 18 p.m.




rue du Collège
43000 Le Puy-en-Velay
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