Courpiere, Auvergne: tourism & sightseeing
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Courpiere is in the Puy-de-Dome department of the Auvergne region of France. It is set in the heart of the Livradois-Forez natural park and just 10 kilometres from Thiers with its remarkable medieval centre.
Courpiere is a village with a pleasant centre. As is often the case with French villages the most interesting building is home to the Office de Tourism and here you can pick up a map to guide you round the key features of the village.
The building housing Courpiere tourist office dates back to the 14th century and has a lovely half-timbered first floor. Notice also its incredibly sloping roof. Also look out for houses numbered 13,17 and 21 on the 'Place de la Cite' - the main square in the village - which also have interesting architectural features.
The church of Saint Martin was built in the 12th century on the site of an earlier church. Take a look at the chapitres sculpted with fern leaves. This church is a particularly notable example of Romanesque art in the area.
As you walk around the village there are also a couple of towers and various architectural details to see.
Interestingly one of the tattiest buildings in the whole village is the house where Coco Chanel lived from 1888 to 1893. I'm suprised this has not been turned into a museum with artefacts from her enormously interesting life!
Places to see nearby
Courpiere is in the Livradois-Forez natural park and a good way to explore the park is to follow a circular route around various villages that have been highlighted as being particularly interesting. These are: Thiers, Chateldon, Olliergues, Ambert, Viverols, La Chaise-Dieu, Allegre, Auzon, Sauxillanges and Billom.
Another way to see the park is to head a few kilometers south and take the tourist train from Olliergues to Ambert, or from Ambert to Sembadel. At Olliergues the tourist train is a steam train making it a good choice if you have children.
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Address: Courpière, Thiers, Puy-de-Dome, Auvergne, 63120, France || GPS: latitude 45.755833, longitude 3.538611
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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby
- Aulteribe Chateau: national monument (4km)
- Thiers: secteur sauvegarde (11km)
- Livradois-Forez: regional natural parc (23km)
- Bois Noirs: site of natural beauty (26km)
- Ambert: recommended detour (28km)
- Collégiale Saint-Victor et Sainte-Couronne d'Ennezat (Ennezat): religious monument (29km)
- Usson: most beautiful village (30km)
- Montpeyroux: most beautiful village (30km)
- Jardins du château d'Hauterive: remarkable garden (32km)
- Issoire: recommended detour (32km)
- Parc du domaine royal de Randan: remarkable garden (32km)
- Eglise de Saint Austremoine d'Issoire (Issoire): religious monument (33km)
Market days in Courpiere, France
Regular market(s) are held in Courpiere each Tuesday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Courpiere (Francais)