Basilique Sainte Madeleine, Vezelay

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World heritage site · Architectural Building · Religious Site
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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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  • This Basilica has to be seen, so much history, you can breath it, the minute you step in. The views from it are breathtaking. It takes 10 minutes walk uphill, from where the parking is. 
    This Basilica has to be seen, so much history, you can breath it, the minute you step in. The views from it are breathtaking. It takes 10 minutes walk uphill, from where the parking is.  more »
  • Even the self tour was amazing. I am not religious but loved the history in this church. A walk behind the church for views is a must. 
    Even the self tour was amazing. I am not religious but loved the history in this church. A walk behind the church for views is a must.  more »
  • This place is up on the hill and was a bit of a hike to get up to and enjoy. But once you are on the top of the hill the church is a site to behold. Lots of history here and a major pilgrimage site....  more
    This place is up on the hill and was a bit of a hike to get up to and enjoy. But once you are on the top of the hill the church is a site to behold. Lots of history here and a major pilgrimage site....  more »
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  • 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.
  • The most beautiful church (basilicum) I have ever seen... full of mystery, bizarre history and deep symbolism
  • Beautiful, ancient basilica set atop a hill in northern Burgundy, and which holds the relics of Mary Magdalene. The village itself is delightful and is definitely worth a visit.
  • Beautiful peaceful place. Visited many times. So impressive.
  • Amazing transitional architecture - and seeped in history .. the crypt and gardens a must see .. and the views from up their spectacular

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