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Vézelay Basilica

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Vézelay Basilica - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Yonne
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An important place of pilgrimage in the Middle Ages and a stop along the Way of St. James, the famous Basilica of St. Mary Magdalene in Vézelay stands on the hill of this pretty village in Yonne, Burgundy.

Arriving in Vézelay is always a thrilling experience: in this timeless environment, steep side streets, Romanesque houses and mighty ramparts can all be seen on a stroll along the wall-walk.

A masterpiece of Burgundian Romanesque art and a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vézelay Basilica, a former abbey church originating in the 9th century, was saved from ruin in the 19th century by Viollet-le-Duc. The architectural ensemble that it presents to us today is most remarkable: a central portal with an exceptional tympanum; a bright nave of majestic proportions, decorated with a hundred superb carved capitals; and in response to the Romanesque elements, a transept and choir in the Gothic style. Under the choir lies a very old crypt dating back to the Carolingian era. The basilica can be independently explored with an audioguide, or seen on a guided tour.

Beforehand, the Interpretation Centre - Visitors' House, halfway up the hill to the basilica, has films and scale models so you can prepare for visiting Vézelay's famous monument.

Another sight to see is the museum about the work of Viollet-le-Duc on Place du Cloître, with its many sculptures from the basilica.

Before leaving the village, don't forget to visit the castle terrace behind the basilica. This pleasant, shaded esplanade offers a magnificent view of the Cure Valley and Morvan!

Opening timesMonday: 07:00 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
Telephone+33 3 86 33 39 50
Official sitewww.basiliquedevezelay.org

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Vézelay Basilica

The Basilica of Saint Madeleine is open every day, all year round from 7am to 8pm. Free entry.

Parking is available throughout the village.

Panorama (© Jean Espirat)
Panorama (© Jean Espirat)
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Door bottom of the medieval walls (© Jean Espirat)
Door bottom of the medieval walls (© Jean Espirat)
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Eardrum of the great portal (© Jean Espirat)
Eardrum of the great portal (© Jean Espirat)
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The Basilica of Vézelay (© Frantz)
The Basilica of Vézelay (© Frantz)
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Panorama (© Jean Espirat)
Panorama (© Jean Espirat)
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View roofs of Vézelay (© Jean Espirat)
View roofs of Vézelay (© Jean Espirat)
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Basilica (© Jean Espirat)
Basilica (© Jean Espirat)
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tympanum of the left portal (© Jean Espirat)
tympanum of the left portal (© Jean Espirat)
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lock the great portal of the basilica (© Jean Espirat)
lock the great portal of the basilica (© Jean Espirat)
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Nave (© Jean Espirat)
Nave (© Jean Espirat)
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Nave (© Jean Espirat)
Nave (© Jean Espirat)
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side Driveway left portal view (© Jean Espirat)
side Driveway left portal view (© Jean Espirat)
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Nave and arches (© Jean Espirat)
Nave and arches (© Jean Espirat)
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left portal of the basilica (© Jean Espirat)
left portal of the basilica (© Jean Espirat)
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Detail of the tympanum of the left portal (© Jean Espirat)
Detail of the tympanum of the left portal (© Jean Espirat)
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bicolor Arcades (© Jean Espirat)
bicolor Arcades (© Jean Espirat)
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Choir (© Jean Espirat)
Choir (© Jean Espirat)
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Sculptures capitals (© Jean Espirat)
Sculptures capitals (© Jean Espirat)
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Sculptures (© Jean Espirat)
Sculptures (© Jean Espirat)
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Sculptures (© Jean Espirat)
Sculptures (© Jean Espirat)
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Sculptures (© Jean Espirat)
Sculptures (© Jean Espirat)
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Sculptures (© Jean Espirat)
Sculptures (© Jean Espirat)
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sculptures (© Jean Espirat)
sculptures (© Jean Espirat)
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The Basilica of Vézelay (© Frantz)
The Basilica of Vézelay (© Frantz)
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The Basilica of Vézelay (© Frantz)
The Basilica of Vézelay (© Frantz)
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The Basilica of Vézelay (© Frantz)
The Basilica of Vézelay (© Frantz)
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The Basilica of Vézelay (© Frantz)
The Basilica of Vézelay (© Frantz)
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The Basilica of Vézelay (© Frantz)
The Basilica of Vézelay (© Frantz)
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The Basilica of Vézelay (© Frantz)
The Basilica of Vézelay (© Frantz)
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The Basilica of Vézelay (© Frantz)
The Basilica of Vézelay (© Frantz)
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The Basilica of Vézelay (© Frantz)
The Basilica of Vézelay (© Frantz)
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Basilica Vézelay (© Frantz)
Basilica Vézelay (© Frantz)
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The Basilica of Vézelay (© Frantz)
The Basilica of Vézelay (© Frantz)
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The Basilica of Vézelay (© Frantz)
The Basilica of Vézelay (© Frantz)
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The Basilica of Vézelay (© Frantz)
The Basilica of Vézelay (© Frantz)
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The Basilica of Vézelay (© Frantz)
The Basilica of Vézelay (© Frantz)
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The Basilica of Vézelay (© Frantz)
The Basilica of Vézelay (© Frantz)
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