The Essential
St Robert, the first abbot of La Chaise-Dieu, chose this site on the Sénouire river to found an abbey in the 11C. It is a particularly charming little town, where time seems to stand still, with wooden-balconied houses and the chevet of the church reflecting in the clear water of the small river that has its source on La Chaise-Dieu plateau. The convent buildings feature beautiful Romanesque cloisters and the former farmer/baker's house is now a museum of folk arts and traditions.

Must see

Michelin's recommendations for Lavaudieu

Lavaudieu Abbey cloisters
Lavaudieu Abbey cloisters
All that remains of the old abbey