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Le Puy
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Le Puy lies about 325 miles south of Paris on the site of Mount Anis, a volcanic peak on the Vélay plain in the Auvergne. "Puy" means volcanic mountain and the city is surrounded by them. Mount Anis, or Corneille Rock had long been a site of pre-Christian worship, first as a Celtic, then Roman pagan site. It is the location of a miraculous spring sacred for thousands of years.

In the first century CE it was dedicated to a local god and the emperor Augustus, and was the home of the Pierre des Fièvres, or Fever Rock, part of a group of huge standing stones that form…

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Kathy Gower, “Le Puy”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage. Consulted online on 01 June 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emp_SIM_00109>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004181298, 20091023

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