The heights of la vierge de Natzy (La Tour d’Auvergne)

360° views over the Artense plain, the Massif du Sancy and the mountains of Cantal, and the lake and village of La Tour d’Auvergne.

Using a little imagination, you can see the hill shaped like a stretched-out dog’s muzzle, which is how it got its name in the local dialect of “na detchi”, which was shortened to Natchi, then Natzy. At the top of the hill, a chapel built from dark lava stone topped by a statue of the Virgin Mary with her son is called Notre-Dame-de-Natzy.
A Via Crucis winds around one side of the hill, with 14 stations on lava stone plinths leading up to the top.
If you climb to the top you will be rewarded by very lovely and extensive views of the plains of Cantal, as far as the mountain chain of Les Monts Dore. On the side of the hill there is a spring which has been declared sacred, the water from which is drawn to cure children’s illnesses. In 1860, an inhabitant of Saint-Pardoux who became ill vowed to build a statue honouring Notre-Dame-de-Natzy if he recovered. He did so, and was assisted in his project by the pity and kindness of the people. In 1869 the granite statue was completed.
A bronze Virgin Mary, which replaced the first one, was erected on the chapel in 1910.
A pilgrimage is held every year on the first Sunday in August.





Contact information

Access is by foot from the car park to the right on the way out of the village of La Tour d’Auvergne, towards Clermont-Ferrand.



Hikes and walks

Parcours visite du village de La Tour d'Auvergne

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