Puys Chain Unesco World Heritage Site near Hotel Clermont-Ferran

UNESCO's heritage

Discover the Puys chain

Thanks to its location in the heart of Auvergne, The Originals City, Hôtel Clermont-Ferrand South Aubière allows you to discover the Puys chain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

On 32 kilometers long and 4 km wide extend, perfectly aligned, about 80 volcanoes. This unique alignment in the world forms the Chaîne des Puys in Auvergne. This jewel, alongside the Faille de Limagne, has been listed since July 2, 2018 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can discover it a few minutes drive from the Massif du Sancy!

The Chaîne des Puys, which UNESCO has classified, is the youngest volcanic ensemble in Metropolitan France. Formed between 95,000 and 8,400 BC, these volcanic landscapes are very recent in geological age. Pure forms, very little eroded volcanoes, characterize these monogenic volcanoes (formation during a brief and unique eruption). The incredible character of the Chaîne des Puys is found, in particular, in its exceptional diversity of volcanoes in a small space: cones, domes, maars (volcanic lakes) are all forms to be found in the Auvergne.

Outstanding universal value!

Transcending national borders and presenting an invaluable character for the whole of Humanity is the outstanding universal value that is recognized by UNESCO's World Heritage. It is the geological and scenic originality that make the recognition of the Faille de Limagne and the Chaîne des Puys by UNESCO. Plateau des Domes, Chaîne des Puys, Faille de Limagne, Montagne de la Serre ... so many sites labeled UNESCO.

6 outstanding features

Plateau of the Domes
The oldest element of the UNESCO world heritage complex, the plateau des domes is a mountain range formed about 350 million years ago. As a result of the weather, this chain has been flattened to form a plateau that rises to 700 meters above sea level, between Limagne and Sioule. The volcanoes of the Chaîne des Puys subsequently came to "grow" on this large plateau.

Faille de Limagne
It's an ocean that never finally appeared. A major geological element in Auvergne and France, the Limagne Fault is also an important tool for human research, which continues today