Opening at the Chateau de Montfort
Information and fees : 33(0)4 73 71 31 32
Five centuries of amethyst exploitation for jewelry and ornamentation have made the fame of the Livradois territory, and more specifically of the town of le Vernet la Varenne. Since the 16th century, its most beautiful cristals have decorated rings, necklaces and tiaras. In the 20th century, the purple stones were hewed and set at La Taillerie de Royat into ink pot, paperweights, umbrella sticks or penholders ...
La maison de l'Améthyste will tell you the story of this famous purple stone in Auvergne. The exhibition - commented by a guide - explains its nature, its composition, its exploitation for five centuries in Le Vernet la Varenne, and how it is used today. __________________________________________
In Le Vernet la Varenne, you will find many other activities : swimming and sunbathing at the lake, hiking paths, biking (bikes to rent), horse riding (riding centre), a varied summer programme ... You will also find welcoming self-cattering cottages or B&Bs, shops and restaurants less than 20 minutes away from La maison de l'Améthyste.
Information at Le Vernet la Varenne Tourism Office : 33(0)4 73 71 39 76 or www.tourismevernetlavarenne.fr