The church is open on Sundays afternoon, so it is possible to visit it outside mass time; and it is very far from being crowded. . . .
It is a small rural church, built during the 15th and 16th centuries and renovated several times later; it seems both Roman and Gothic styles are represented here, and inside, the mixture of styles is also present. This church is listed in the French listing of Historical Monuments.
A nice thing with little churches like this one is that you can take time to walk around, look at some details (like picture 2, a possible coat of arms of a local heir), go inside on the balcony to have a general view of the ship (picture3), have the church for you alone, pray or dream. . . and again outside look at the rather funny assemblage of different style and building materials (Picture5)
A good thing with small race courses is that you can get close to the track, to the horses, trainers, etc, and also to the riders and drivers; it is like at the TV, except here it is in real! Very close to all actors of a race and looking at the faces of he jockeys after a race gives to understand why they wear glasses. So Jullianges can also be a place to learn a bit more about races; kids enjoy it, looking at the horses, racing, but also from close in the preparation area, or those resting under the trees; there is of course a possibility to have a ride on small ponies for the kids.
In Jullianges, a good thing is that you can walk to the stables, to the preparation areas for the horses and look at the horses relaxing under the pine trees. It is just walking, have a look, smell the perfume (euh?) of the horses and the pine trees, and discover some nice views and opportunities for pictures.
This very rural place has a real charm, for an afternoon at least!
Look at the horses or at the persons who take care of them, sometimes two beauties together make a nice picture.
Located at 900-950 m elevation on the Northern area of the Velay region, Jullianges enjoys very mild temperatures in summer, and rigorous winters.
The Lachamp race course has been renovated few years ago and the Société des Courses de JULLIANGES maintains it for the three yearly meetings.
Except the races there is honestly not a lot to do or see here, but if you visit Auvergne, stay in Le Puy, or visit the wonderful abbey of La Chaise Dieu, or tour the volcanoes of Auvergne, it is worth a detour, on the right Sunday; tourist offices (Craponne, Le Puy and others) provide information about Jullianges.
Getting to Jullianges: from Le Puy en Velay, drive 10 km north on RN 102, turn right direction Vichy-Ambert, on RD 906 and drive 25 km; at Felines, turn right on D127 (there is a sign for Jullianges), and go for 4 km.
Coming from North, pass Ambert, drive 29 km till La Chaise Dieu; 6 km more after La chaise Dieu, turn left at Felines (D127).
Roads are in good condition, but local associations remind to drive carefully (see picture3) and that sort of signs on the roadside recall the death toll of the road accidents at the very location.
Fondest memory: Not fondest memory: general info!
Race course : Tél: 04 71 03 29 44
Société des Courses de JULLIANGES
M. Gilbert BEST - Hippodrome - 43500 JULLIANGES
Tél. : 04 71 03 26 02 - Fax : 04 71 03 29 44
Le Bourg 43500 Jullianges