La Chapelette

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You won’t find this in the guide books on the internet. It is a tiny chapel standing on a small volcanic plug on the D105 between Yssingeaux and Montfaucon-en-Velay, high above the Lingon river. It is a bit like a smaller version of Rocher St Michel d’Aiguilhe.

Steps lead up to the doorway set in a round arch with a round topped window above with a triangular carving under the roof. Above is a tiny bell cot with a single bell. There is a very short nave with a rounded apse at the east end.

The door was locked and it doesn’t look as if it has been used for a long time. Apart from a small house below to the south and a restaurant opposite, there is little other settlement.

You won’t find this in the guide books and there is virtually nothing on the web. It seems to be a Romanesque building although the west front and bell cot date from the 17thC.

The road crosses the river here. Do get out to have a look at the remains of the old railway line along the Lignon valley which runs through a tunnel under the bridge.

To locate La Chapelette use Via Michelin Maps and enter 43200 Yssingeaux. The chapel is where the road crosses the river Lingon.

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