Lavaudieu "Vallée de Dieu" - Most Beautiful Villages of France - Land of Art and History
Compulsory detour for history buffs, the village also offers many curiosities to see which will satisfy the whole family. Between cobbled streets, winegrowers' houses and agricultural tools of yesteryear, Lavaudieu plunges its visitors into another era.
It constitutes an exceptional architectural heritage: Romanesque church dedicated to Saint-André, the Romanesque cloister and the nuns' refectory
After having founded the Chaise-Dieu Abbey in 1043, Saint Robert decided in 1057 to establish a Benedictine monastery in the Sénouire valley, combining both a mild climate and a line with the mother abbey. Nuns lived in this monastery until the revolution.
The atmosphere is conducive to strolling through the alleys of the village and along the landscaped banks. The houses and vegetable gardens, huddled around the abbey, enhance this classified site.