A masterpiece of Romanesque art

The Basilica of Sainte Marie-Madeleine

The Basilica of Sainte Marie-Madeleine stands on the top of the "eternal hill" and is a masterpiece of Romanesque art, with some remarkable sculptures that portray poignant simplicity and precision. There is an impressive abundance of sculptures, on the tympanum, gates and capitals!
Make sure you have enough time to explore the basilica because it is really worth taking your time to admire the details on the sculptures.

Basilique de Vézelay classée à l'UNESCO
Alain Doire - BFC Tourisme
Basilique de Vézelay classée à l'UNESCO Alain Doire - BFC Tourisme
Chapiteau roman de la basilique de Vézelay
Alain Doire - BFC Tourisme
Chapiteau roman de la basilique de Vézelay Alain Doire - BFC Tourisme
Nef de la basilique Saint-Marie-Madeleine de Vezelay
Alain Doire - BFC Tourisme
Nef de la basilique Saint-Marie-Madeleine de Vezelay Alain Doire - BFC Tourisme
Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine de Vézelay
Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine de Vézelay
Natural display of light

Come and see the lights…

This natural display of light has occurred every year for the past 8 centuries, and is an absolute must-see. Between the 20th and 30th June at around midday, 9 spots of light appear on the ground and seem to outline a trail leading from one side of the nave to the other. A magical experience whether you are a believer or not!

There is a mysterious connection between these lights and Vézelay Abbey, and there are other intriguing and moving displays of light there throughout the year, on the winter solstice and at Easter, for example.

Beyond the basilica: the village of Vézelay

Vézelay's prosperity went on for several centuries, as thousands of pilgrims, princes, kings, and emperors came to worship the relics of Sainte Madeleine, before setting off along the Way of St. James or on various crusades.

A place with a rich and eventful history that must be honoured and protected: Vézelay Church and Hill have been listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1979!

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Basilique de Vézelay classée à l'UNESCO Alain Doire - BFC Tourisme
Chapiteau roman de la basilique de Vézelay Alain Doire - BFC Tourisme
Nef de la basilique Saint-Marie-Madeleine de Vezelay Alain Doire - BFC Tourisme
Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine de Vézelay