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Clermont-Ferrand sits amidst a large range of extinct volcanos (called puys) in central France and is thus known for its many buildings made from the local black lavastone. (2011)

The twin black towers of the cathedral dominate the landscape of the city. The Cathedral of Clermont-Ferrand is unique with its black lavastone exterior. The central Place de Jaude of Clermont-Ferrand boasts a statue of Vercingetorix, the famous Gallic leader who united the local Gaul tribes in a revolt against Caeser. An evening view of the Place Victoire and its statue of Pope Urban II. In the distance you can see some of the puys surrounding the city.