Basilique Sainte Madeleine, Vezelay

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Must see · World heritage site · Architectural Building · Religious Site
As a starting point for one of the historic pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela, Basilique Sainte Madeleine contains rare relics of St. Mary Magdalene. The basilica is one of the outstanding masterpieces of Burgundian Romanesque art and architecture. You can schedule a tour guide to discuss ancient artifacts as well as obtain a pilgrim passport for the pilgrimage route. Work out when and for how long to visit Basilique Sainte Madeleine and other Vezelay attractions using our handy Vezelay sightseeing website.
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  • magnificent building! A must visit if you are in the area. It was built in 1000 because so many christiens came to see the relics of St. Marie-Madelene.  more »
  • A beautiful scenery over the countryside and the natural parc of Morvan on the large terrace outside the Basilic. However, we were disappointed by the inside of the basilique which is apparently...  more »
  • Enjoyable days visit, a little touristy, but still worth visiting. la Basilique felt a bit too rebuilt/cleaned, but just my opinion. Some nice shops and galleries.  more »
  • I was lucky enough to see Vezelay before the scaffolding went up. It was a highlight of my trip. The history surrounding the area and the abbey specifically is really interesting. I loved the lore surrounding it and the stories about May Magdalene. It felt like a hike to get up there but it was well worth the hill.
  • A worthy UNESCO world heritage site as well as a beautiful ancient town. Easily explored on foot and well worth navigating the side alleys as well as the main route. Point to note. There are parking places all around the town, as well as side road parking. It is obligatory to pay and place a ticket in your screen, regardless where you park.
  • Really really loved going to this place, it's beautiful with a fantastic view! Definitely recommend going here. I posted these pics on my Instagram too (@kimmiowo) together with other places near it.
  • Beautiful place, summer and winter equinox the light shines right through the glass!
  • Flabbergasted by the beautiful simplicity of this church. Even our children (not fervent visitors of churches) were amazed by it’s beautiful whiteness.

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