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The Massif Central and Clermont-Ferrand
Massif Central
GNU Free Documentation LicenseMassif Central - Credit: Technob 105

 The Massif Central is situated in south central France and makes up 15% of the total land mass.  It is an elevated area of mountains and plateaus, which has seen volcanic activity over the last 10,000 years.  It is cleaved from the Alps by the Rhône River. 

Panorama Puy-de-Dôme
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikePanorama Puy-de-Dôme - Credit: Fabien 1309

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clermont-Ferrand cathedral
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeClermont-Ferrand cathedral - Credit: Fabien 1309

Clermont-Ferrand is one of France’s oldest cities, known to the ancient Greeks, Gauls and Romans.  The first Christian crusade to free Jerusalem from Islam was launched from Clermont-Ferrand in 1095 by Pope Urban II.

The city is surrounded by the La Chaîne des Puys (Chain of Volcanoes) and is renowned as the birthplace of Blaise Pascal.

 

Clermont-Ferrand, mountain view to Puy-de-Dôme
GNU Free Documentation LicenseClermont-Ferrand, mountain view to Puy-de-Dôme - Credit: Eclusette