Roc'Art

Roc'Art

30 natural, unique and monumental works of art

While geological forces were shaping the layout of la Cité de Pierres, the slow task of sculpting the city's monuments was taking place in the very same rock.

Due to its origins, this rock contains exceptional crystals which are formed naturally, large and highly resistant to the forces of water. naturally-occurring crystals resistant to the attack of water. Water can penetrate the rocks and continue corroding through cracks or the rock's porosity. Layers made of large crystals are disaggregated more quickly and more intensely, forming rounded, hollow shapes. Those made of thinner crystals are more resistant and form overhangs and entablatures. The dissolved elements form a sand which is washed away by the water, giving way to cavities and shapes of all kinds. Surface erosion adds the final chisels, sculpting the extravagant giant stones and creating natural, unique and monumental works of art. There are many rock sculptures (Roc'Art) on the site. 30 are listed because they are visible and accessible from viewpoints and trails.

The Roc'Art sculptures of la Cité de Pierres, are among the most impressive rocky monoliths to be seen in the surrounding area of Millau. Discover the city with the 30 natural works of art: La Cuidad, Le Douminal, La Brèche de Rolland, Roc du Corridor, Avenue du Corridor, L’Amphore, L’Oule, La Cathédrale, La Grande Nef, L'Éléphant, Les Remparts, Le Grand Sphinx, La Quille, L’Avenue des Obélisques, La Porte de Mycènes, Le Crocodile, L’Arc de Triomphe, Le Roc Camparolié, Château Gaillard, Roc de la Lucarne, L’Escarpe, La Chaire du Diable, Le Trou de La Lune, La Tête de l’Ours, La Reine Victoria, L’Allée des Tombeaux, Le Sphinx, La Chaise Curule, La Poterne, La Tête d’Arlequin.

La Cité de Pierres in Montpellier-le-Vieux


“The Causse Noir is the richest of all runiform rock masses: Montpellier-le-Vieux, the region’s capital...is one of the most remarkable rock cities in the world”
Edouard Alfred Martel
La Région Occitanie
Parc naturel régional des Grands Causses
Aveyron Vivre Vrai
Style Millau

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La Cité de Pierres
Montpellier-le-Vieux
Lieu dit Le Maubert
12100 Millau - France
+33 (0)5 65 60 66 30

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