Le Puy in France is perched on the top of volcanic outcrops, and Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe appears to be the most delicately balanced building in the town.
Le Puy has at least three cultural claims to fame. Cooks will recognize the name from the green lentils that are named after the town. Lace remains a symbol of the town, with shop owners making lace by hand as they wait for customers. Its magnificent cathedral is the starting point for one of the pilgrim routes to Santiago de Compostela. The cathedral spans the gap between two volcanic outcrops, and in a design of architectural genius, travellers descend from the middle of the nave towards an opening that reveals the landscape that they will soon be walking.