Volvic, the Stone and the Water

Known worldwide for its water, Volvic also has other teasures…This town is also the heart of rock working professions with a whole world of quarrymen, sculptors and lava rock enamellers.

At the end of the 13th century the mining of Volvic lava marked a real turning point in the market town’s life … Volvic rock has featured in the history of many Auvergne towns and gave form to the Clermont-Ferrand cathedral, as well as other cathedrals in Paris for example, before finding new channels in the chemical industry. This rock endures as a noble material that is crafted by many artisans.


La Grotte de la Pierre de Volvic, a site that reinvents itself

Lying north of the Chaîne des Puys, 15 kilometres from Clermont-Ferrand, the site has an exceptional natural setting. This gallery, mined for lava rock, was created by a lava flow from the Nugère Volcano that erupted 13,000 years ago.

The complete history of Volvic rock comes to life in a cinematic discovery trail®. From the gallery’s origin to everyday Volvic life, from harsh labour conditions to how the rock is used, become a privileged witness to this emotive place.

In 2016, our  installation “The Eternal Rock” prominently features committed artisans and artists who fashion, sculpt and shape this resolutely modern material.


Jean Legay-Chevalier


The key words to describe this remarkable man are “versatility and talent”. He was a quarryman, sculptor, inventor who contributed to the development of modern rock techniques, farmer, viticulturist, teacher … and lastly, discoverer of the famous Volvic water.


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