The Chapel that Rises 280ft from a Massive Lava Plug

Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe in Le Puy en Velay in southern France seems to grow out of the rock it was built on in the 10th century. The steep climb – 268 steps to the top, 85 metres (280 ft) up – didn't deter pilgrims then and likewise doesn't deter visitors now. The history of this well-preserved church is fascinating and the views are simply stunning.

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