Halfway between Bas Vivarais and the Ardèche Mountains, Montpezat-sous-Bauzon is a village with volcanic charm, located at the confluence of the Fontaulière and its tributary, the Pourseille.

On the heights of our beautiful Ardèche Mountains at an altitude of 409 meters in the municipality and 1471 meters at the summit of Suc de Bauzon, Montpezat-sous-Bauzon will enchant you with its authenticity, direct access to nature, and preserved landscapes.

What awaits you…

Vue en ULM sur le cratère volcanique de la Vestide du Pal à Montpezat-sous-bauzon

Volcanic cradle

Although Montpezat-sous-Bauzon is already at the heart of the young volcanoes and Ardèche Mountains, this municipality harbors no less than five eruptive vents! These include the strombolian volcanoes of Suc de Bauzon (1471m) and Gravenne de Montpezat (806m), as well as the maars (volcanic craters) of Vestide du Pal, Ferrand, and Chambon.

Roseraie et prieuré de Clastres dans le village de Montpezat-sous-bauzon en Ardèche

Flourishing heritage

Our Lady of Prévenchères is a marvel of Romanesque architecture, rebuilt in the 12th century, located near the ancient major communication route connecting the Rhône Valley to Auvergne via the Col du Pal, on the pilgrimage route from Le Puy. Clearly, Notre Dame had many lives: transformed into a shed, hay barn, and then abandoned in 1885 (as it was too far from the village), it was finally saved in 1944 by being classified as a historical monument! Nowadays, it captivates flower enthusiasts with the incredible blooms of the Clastres priory that adjoins it.

For history enthusiasts…

Ancien château de la Ville Basse de Montpezat-sous-bauzon en Ardèche

At the crossroads

The town of Montpezat developed, first the Lower Town and then the Upper Town, at the foot of Montlaur Castle, which controlled the confluence of the two valleys of Fontaulière and Pourseille: ancient crossing routes from the Cévennes to the Massif Central. For centuries, the castle served as a crucial mule relay and a vital domain between the Ardèche mountains and the Rhône Valley. This explains the construction of various shops, inns with immense stables, bourgeois houses that lined the road to be seen by passersby!

Le calvaire vers la chapelle Saint Roch sur les hauteurs de Montpezat-sous-bauzon en Ardèche

The art of believing

The Saint-Roch chapel is a unique masterpiece in the heritage of Montpezat-sous-Bauzon. At the end of the calvary with its 29 stations, overlooking Notre-Dame de Prévenchères, the renovated Saint Roch chapel has seen its interior walls adorned with mystical frescoes by the painter from Antraigues-sur-Volane, Jean Saussac. The famous statue of Saint-Roch, prayed to for protection from calamities (plague, drought, famine), is currently located in the parish church in the center of the village.

Église paroissiale de Montpezat sous Bauzon en Ardèche

The Montpezat tour

Come discover the history of Montpezat-sous-Bauzon with its residents! The association of children and friends of Montpezat takes you on a 1.5-hour guided tour of the village, exploring its history and local anecdotes. Share a meeting and an experience with the locals.

Explore the secrets of Prévenchères, the history of the Virgin of Montpezat, or the tales of its volcanoes… uncover all the mysteries of the village with these enthusiasts.

The must-see attractions in Montpezat-sous-Bauzon

Mairie de Montpezat sous bauzon en Ardèche

Village center: the town hall

Whether you are a resident or curious to learn more about the municipality, the town hall is here for you!

Where is it located? 8 Place de la République, 07560 Montpezat-sous-Bauzon

How to contact it? +33 4 75 94 41 29