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Vézelay

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Vézelay - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Yonne
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A major Burgundy heritage site and the start of a route of the Way of St. James since the 11th century, the village of Vézelay, on the edge of the Morvan, is renowned for its Basilica of St. Mary Magdalene. Overlooking the Renaissance dwellings and winegrowers' houses in the village, this jewel of medieval architecture, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was built in the 12th century and restored in the 19th century by the famous architect Viollet-le-Duc. After passing through the portal in its imposing western façade, the three carved portals of its narthex are an amazing sight to discover. The incredible tympanum of the central portal depicting Christ in Glory is itself a genuine masterpiece of the Romanesque style! In the light-filled, majestically proportioned nave, the columns are topped by superb carved capitals from the 12th century, all extremely elegant. While visiting this exceptional place, you can also admire the rib-vaulted Gothic choir and the polychrome wall paintings in the Carolingian crypt, as well as the arcades of the cloister and the chapter house.

Vézelay is particularly keen to celebrate culture. At the Visitor's House you can discover the skills and techniques used by the builders of the basilica. There is also the Jules Roy House, named after the writer who once owned it and now a place of culture and remembrance. In the writer Romain Rolland's house, the Zervos Museum displays a superb collection of modern art. The Museum of the Work of Viollet-le-Duc, based in the former monks' dormitory adjoining the basilica, focuses on the basilica's restoration. It exhibits original sculptures from the building, which have been moved due to being too damaged or fragile to remain in place.

Yet there's more to Vézelay than its prestigious monument and cultural attractions. It also has a picturesque village, listed among the most beautiful in France, and it overlooks the Cure Valley. Known as the "eternal hill", you can discover its charms as you explore its ramparts interspersed with towers, wall walk, two fortified gates and period houses.

It's well worth spending some time in the medieval village. The main street is full of charm, with its houses' old façades and its art and craft shops. Near the basilica, the terrace of the old abbey castle and its shady esplanade offer a superb view over the Cure Valley and the Morvan. This lovely place is dotted with benches, making it ideal for a stroll or a little rest...

Opening timesMonday: 08:00 AM – 08:00 PM   •   Tuesday: 07:00 AM – 08:00 PM   •   Wednesday: 07:00 AM – 08:00 PM   •   Thursday: 07:00 AM – 08:00 PM   •   Friday: 07:00 AM – 08:00 PM   •   Saturday: 07:00 AM – 08:00 PM   •   Sunday: 07:00 AM – 08:00 PM
Address24 Rue Saint-Pierre, Vézelay
Telephone+33 3 86 33 39 50
Official sitewww.basiliquedevezelay.org

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Vézelay

Vézelay has been a center of Christianity since the Middle Ages, it is also a rallying point for the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. The Sainte-Madeleine basilica and the village are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Vézelay is also part of the "Most Beautiful Villages of France".

Things to see and do

The village of Vézelay and the Basilica of Sainte-Madeleine are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Discover the riches of this medieval city through its monuments and museums.

Leisure activities

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Hot air balloon flights in Vezelay
Nature and the great outdoors260 € VézelayBook

Places of interest

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Events and festivities

Alice Salganick - Eclats Olympiques en Collages
Visites en Famille
Exposition Collective
Les Quotidiennes : Matica de Flor
Concert à la Basilique de Vézelay
Les Quotidiennes : Matica de Flor
Les Quotidiennes : Le Printans
Les Quotidiennes à Brosses : Le Printans
Concert du Bach Ensemble Amsterdam
Stage de Conte : le Pouvoir de Faire Rêver

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Vézelay, world heritage of humanity
Vézelay, world heritage of humanity
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The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
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The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
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The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
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The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
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The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
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Panorama on Vézelay (© J.E)
Panorama on Vézelay (© J.E)
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Zervos Museum, overlooking the Morvan
Zervos Museum, overlooking the Morvan
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Panorama of the city from the East (© Jean Espirat)
Panorama of the city from the East (© Jean Espirat)
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Main street (© Jean Espirat)
Main street (© Jean Espirat)
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Facade of the Basilica (© Jean Espirat)
Facade of the Basilica (© Jean Espirat)
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House with turret (© Jean Espirat)
House with turret (© Jean Espirat)
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View of the city from the east side (© Jean Espirat)
View of the city from the east side (© Jean Espirat)
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Exterior Wing South of the Basilica (© Jean Espirat)
Exterior Wing South of the Basilica (© Jean Espirat)
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Facade of the Zervos Museum in Vézelay
Facade of the Zervos Museum in Vézelay
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Facade of the Basilica (© J.E)
Facade of the Basilica (© J.E)
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Panorama on Vézelay (© J.E)
Panorama on Vézelay (© J.E)
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Left portal of the basilica (© J.E)
Left portal of the basilica (© J.E)
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Nave of the Basilica (© J.E)
Nave of the Basilica (© J.E)
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Nave of the Basilica (© J.E)
Nave of the Basilica (© J.E)
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One of the sculptures of pillars (© J.E)
One of the sculptures of pillars (© J.E)
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Lock of the great portal of the basilica (© J.E)
Lock of the great portal of the basilica (© J.E)
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Medieval gate at the bottom (© J.E)
Medieval gate at the bottom (© J.E)
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Tympanum of the left portal (© J.E)
Tympanum of the left portal (© J.E)
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Panorama from the terrace of the old castle (© J.E)
Panorama from the terrace of the old castle (© J.E)
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Panorama of the village of Saint-Père (© Jean Espirat)
Panorama of the village of Saint-Père (© Jean Espirat)
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Entrance to the old village (© Jean Espirat)
Entrance to the old village (© Jean Espirat)
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Main street, seen from the top of the village (© Jean Espirat)
Main street, seen from the top of the village (© Jean Espirat)
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House of the Columbians - 15th century (© Jean Espirat)
House of the Columbians - 15th century (© Jean Espirat)
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Old Holy Cross gate and medieval path to the city (© Jean Espirat)
Old Holy Cross gate and medieval path to the city (© Jean Espirat)
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The Pontot (© Jean Espirat)
The Pontot (© Jean Espirat)
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Lintel evoking the siege of Vézelay in 1569 (© J.E)
Lintel evoking the siege of Vézelay in 1569 (© J.E)
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Malice on a sculpture, in the city (© Jean Espirat)
Malice on a sculpture, in the city (© Jean Espirat)
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Street of the Tripot (© Jean Espirat)
Street of the Tripot (© Jean Espirat)
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Sculpture (© J.E)
Sculpture (© J.E)
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Sculpture against a wall in the upper town (© Jean Espirat)
Sculpture against a wall in the upper town (© Jean Espirat)
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Sculpture against a city wall (© Jean Espirat)
Sculpture against a city wall (© Jean Espirat)
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Sculpture against a city wall (© Jean Espirat)
Sculpture against a city wall (© Jean Espirat)
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Cartouche against a wall (© Jean Espirat)
Cartouche against a wall (© Jean Espirat)
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Scallop shell sculpted (© Jean Espirat)
Scallop shell sculpted (© Jean Espirat)
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Large external portal of the basilica (© Jean Espirat)
Large external portal of the basilica (© Jean Espirat)
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Sculpture of the base of a pillar of the façade (© Jean Espirat)
Sculpture of the base of a pillar of the façade (© Jean Espirat)
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Southern Tympanum (© Jean Espirat)
Southern Tympanum (© Jean Espirat)
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Northern Tympanum (© Jean Espirat)
Northern Tympanum (© Jean Espirat)
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Central interior door and tympanum (© Jean Espirat)
Central interior door and tympanum (© Jean Espirat)
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Basilica (© Jean Espirat)
Basilica (© Jean Espirat)
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Basilica seen from the choir (© Jean Espirat)
Basilica seen from the choir (© Jean Espirat)
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Exterior of the pillow of the basilica (© Jean Espirat)
Exterior of the pillow of the basilica (© Jean Espirat)
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Remaining corridor of the former cloister (© Jean Espirat)
Remaining corridor of the former cloister (© Jean Espirat)
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The zodiac on the ceiling of a chapel (© Jean Espirat)
The zodiac on the ceiling of a chapel (© Jean Espirat)
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Vézelay seen from plane (© Visitor's House)
Vézelay seen from plane (© Visitor's House)
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Crypt of the Basilica (© Jean Espirat)
Crypt of the Basilica (© Jean Espirat)
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Another view of the crypt (© Jean Espirat)
Another view of the crypt (© Jean Espirat)
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Relics of Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, in the crypt (© J.E)
Relics of Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, in the crypt (© J.E)
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Chair of the Basilica (© Jean Espirat)
Chair of the Basilica (© Jean Espirat)
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Capital of the Basilica: St. George and the Dragon (© J.E)
Capital of the Basilica: St. George and the Dragon (© J.E)
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Capital: Adam and Eve (© Jean Espirat)
Capital: Adam and Eve (© Jean Espirat)
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Capital: Herod and Herodias (© Jean Espirat)
Capital: Herod and Herodias (© Jean Espirat)
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Capital: hunting (© Jean Espirat)
Capital: hunting (© Jean Espirat)
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Capital: the mystical mill (© Jean Espirat)
Capital: the mystical mill (© Jean Espirat)
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Capital: the sermon to the woodcutter (© Jean Espirat)
Capital: the sermon to the woodcutter (© Jean Espirat)
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Capital: the pelicans (© Jean Espirat)
Capital: the pelicans (© Jean Espirat)
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Capital: Moses and the Golden Calf (© Jean Espirat)
Capital: Moses and the Golden Calf (© Jean Espirat)
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Capital: Saint-Benoit resuscitating a child (© J.E)
Capital: Saint-Benoit resuscitating a child (© J.E)
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Capital: Saint-Benoît resuscitating a child (© J.E)
Capital: Saint-Benoît resuscitating a child (© J.E)
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Capital in the Basilica (© Jean Espirat)
Capital in the Basilica (© Jean Espirat)
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Chapiteau (© Jean Espirat)
Chapiteau (© Jean Espirat)
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Chapiteau (© Jean Espirat)
Chapiteau (© Jean Espirat)
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Chapiteau (© Jean Espirat)
Chapiteau (© Jean Espirat)
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Chapiteau (© Jean Espirat)
Chapiteau (© Jean Espirat)
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Chapiteau (© Jean Espirat)
Chapiteau (© Jean Espirat)
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Chapiteau (© Jean Espirat)
Chapiteau (© Jean Espirat)
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Chapiteau (© Jean Espirat)
Chapiteau (© Jean Espirat)
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Chapiteau (© Jean Espirat)
Chapiteau (© Jean Espirat)
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Chapiteau (© Jean Espirat)
Chapiteau (© Jean Espirat)
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Chapiteau (© Jean Espirat)
Chapiteau (© Jean Espirat)
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Chapiteau (© Jean Espirat)
Chapiteau (© Jean Espirat)
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Chapiteau (© Jean Espirat)
Chapiteau (© Jean Espirat)
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Chapiteau (© Jean Espirat)
Chapiteau (© Jean Espirat)
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Chapiteau (© Jean Espirat)
Chapiteau (© Jean Espirat)
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Chapiteau (© Jean Espirat)
Chapiteau (© Jean Espirat)
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Chapiteau (© Jean Espirat)
Chapiteau (© Jean Espirat)
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Chapiteau (© Jean Espirat)
Chapiteau (© Jean Espirat)
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The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
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The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
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The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
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The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
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The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
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The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
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The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
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The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
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The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
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The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
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The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
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The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
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The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
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The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
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The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
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The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
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The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
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The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
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The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
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The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
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The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
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The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene (© Frantz)
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Chapel of the Cordelle
Chapel of the Cordelle
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House Jules Roy
House Jules Roy
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