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Le Puy Cathedral: West Facade

West Facade

The unique, eastern-inspired west facade of Le Puy Cathedral is suspended over the hillside on great pillars. It stands at the top of Mount Anis overlooking the town, approached by the steep Rue des Tables. The monumental staircase of the cathedral dates from the 19th century. The facade is divided into three parts both horizontally and vertically, its black and grey volcanic stone enriched by striped arches and mosaic decoration. It has three tall open portals, which lead into a cavernous porch.

Credit: Holly Hayes