Clermont-ferrand Sights and Landmarks Guide, France
Nowadays Clermont-Ferrand, situated in the Auvergne region, near Limoges and Lyon, is said to be one of the oldest cities of France, a proof of development in all its aspects: historical, economical, cultural. It was also the first city in France that got a trolleybus having now a brand new one that links the northern and southern parts.
Clermont-Ferrand is well-known as the birthplace of some celebrities, the most famous figure being the mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal and others such as the poet Jacques Delille, the writer Nicolas Chamfort, the composer George Onslow or the Formula 1 driver Patrick Depailler.
Clermont-Ferrand Cultural Sights
There are many museums that may satisfy visitors that want to find something different. Such are: the History Museum “Henry-Lecoq”, the Renaissance Museum, the Museum “Pierre Philosophale”, the Boncheix Museum or the unique Museum of Fine Arts with rooms spread around a well.
Clermont-Ferrand gathers every year film personalities from all over the world during its International Short Film Festival dated from 1979 and considered the second French Film Festival after Cannes when referring to the number of visitors.
Having more than 200 artistic groups of dance and music, Clermont-Ferrand and the entire Auvergne region as well bring a great contribution to the cultural life in France, hence its nickname of “France’s Liverpool”.
Clermont-Ferrand Sights – Touristic Attractions
Clermont-Ferrand offers its visitors natural beauties, chain of volcanoes, the highest from the “Chaine des Puys” being the ‘Puy-de-Dome”.
The Garden “Saint-Fiacre” gathering young and old generations to rest and breath fresh air should also be mentioned here as well as the most famous public square “Place de Jaude” that reveals a grand statue of “Vercingetorix” in the middle, sitting on a horse, a statue that was sculpted by the well-known Frederic Bartholdi, the creator of “The Statue of Liberty”.
Once you get to Clermont-Ferrand, you should not miss “Notre-Dame du Port”, a Roman church situated in the headquarters of the Port; it has been considered a part of UNESCO since 1998.
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