On your trip to Clermont Ferrand or Paris, this town is well worth a stop overnight or at least a day visit. If you go in an RV you can stay in the large city park. The Saint-Flour (Occitan Sant Flower) is a French community with a population of 6,625 (1999), situated in the Cantal department (which is sub-prefecture) and the Auvergne region. This historical capital of Upper Normandy is at the end of a lava flow on the Planèze, Cantal large plateau, on the Ander River and Lander Valley. The city is divided into two sections, "uptown" and "downtown".
This interesting cathedral was built originally as a Roman Basilica. It was built quite some time ago in the year of 1396. It was a future Gothic cathedral was completed at the end of s. XV, under the command of the Duke of Berry. The five ships are notable for the simplicity of their lines. Under the organ there is a mural (s. XV) that represents purgatory and hell. At the entrance of the sanctuary you can admire a large wooden Christ (XIII or XV) called the "black Good God", a piety of s. XV in the chapel of the Holy Sacrament in the chapel of the Tomb, the gilded bronze casket containing the relics of St. Floro.
One of the most rewarding things about the visit of Saint Flour is to find a lookout spot that is very high where you can gaze out at views of the lower town and around the city. You realize that this city was a stronghold impregnable medieval and hard nut to crack for the English in the Hundred Years War.
In this city, right around the main square and the Cathedral of St. Pierre, you can admire Renaissance houses and palaces from all the way back to the 16th century. Also sometimes there is a market in the plaza.