On the Massif Central, France, the region of Puy-de-Dôme is home to both Monts Dore and Monts Dôme. The remains of volcanoes, these mountains provide activities for the region, including hiking. Puy-de-Dôme has a reputation for its Romanesque churches. In Orcival, it is the early 12th century Basilica d’Orcival, a typical manifestation of the Auvergine-romanesque style. In Issoire, the Church of St. Austremoine represents the Romanesque style. The church displays a very Bosch-like 15th century fresco of the Last Judgment. The Basilica Notre-Dame-du-Port is a major Clermont-Ferrand attraction. It is Romanesque featuring a raised choir. The Cathedral of Notre-Dame de l’Assomption is also originally Romanesque. This Puy attraction, however, has elements of the later High Gothic architectural style. It is also a striking Puy sight because of its construction material. The Cathedral is of black lava. Other Puy attractions you should consider during a visit are the Fontaine d’Amboise. This fountain dates from 1515. Be sure, as well to include the Marketplace and the Museum on Roman domestic artifacts on a list of Puy must-sees.
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