Literary Hotel Alexandre Vialatte is located on the Place Delille, close to Clermont-Ferrand’s historical centre.
Ten minutes walk away you can pay a visit to the writer’s old address at 5 rue Thomas. He lived there from 1929 with his wife Hélène Gros-Coissy and this is where their son Pierre was born in 1930. Today there is a sign outside the
house to symbolise it.
It is when Alexandre was living in this house that he really got to know Clermont. He never got bored of admiring the panoramic view on the Cathedral’s arrows. He also used to go to the Notre-Dame du Port Basilica which is not far way, it is considered a Roman Art gem and is listed as a Unesco World Heritage monument.
The Lecoq Gardens were one of his favourite places to go for a walk.
In 1919, Vialatte started studying at the German faculty which is in the town’s most prestigious building, the Hotel de Chazerat, built in the XVIII century.
The newspaper La Montagne’s offices where he used to regularly go to write his short stories were at 28 rue Morel-Ladeuil.
Clermont-Ferrand is also an ideal starting point to visit other sites in Auvergne. After Notre-Dame du Port, you can go on a tour that takes you to the 4 major Roman churches: the abbey church Saint-Austremoine in Issoire, Notre-Dame d’Orcival, Saint-Nectaire and Saint-Saturnin.
To follow Vialatte’s steps outside of Clermont, you will have to go to Ambert where he lived as a young boy with his parents from 1915. He attended the town’s school with Paul Pourrat and there is a bust of him on the train station’s
square. A literary “Ambertois” tour is organised following the local writers: Jules Romains, Henri Pourrat and Alexandre Vialatte.
Nearby, there’s the village Saint-Amant-Roche-Savine where Vialatte stayed during the summer 1942 and where he wrote Le Fidèle Berger in forty days.
|5 rue Thomas, 6300 Clermont-Ferrand|
BEST WESTERN PLUS LITERARY HOTEL ALEXANDRE VIALATTE
16 place Delille.
63000 CLERMONT FERRAND
Tel: +33(0)4 73 91 92 06
Fax: +33(0)4 73 91 60 25