National Geographic : 1951 Jul
© National Geographic Society 9 Kodachrome by Walter Meayers Edwards St. Michel's Chapel, Ten Centuries Old, Crowns a Volcanic Exclamation Point Ages ago the soft cone and crater eroded away, leaving a hard plug of basalt. Visitors to the 289-foot summit must climb 268 laborious rock steps. This suburban section of Le Puy is called Aiguilhe (Needle) because of its prominence. Le Puy, too, is aptly named; it means "the Peak" in the Auvergne dialect (page 10).