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Address: Place Guillon, 89450 Vezelay, France
Phone Number: +33 3 86 32 35 65
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10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Mon - Tue 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thu - Sat 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours


At the summit of the “eternal...


At the summit of the “eternal hill”,

the Basilica of Vezelay, an architectural

masterpiece of stone and light …

How can one enter into this world

of harmony and understand its’ laws ?

Looking does not always mean seeing.

At the Visitor Centre the guides enable visitors

to discover the craftsmanship of the artisans and

the spirit that animated the monk-builders.

Insights so as to enter into resonance with

the stone and its symbols, and experience the

secrets of the abbey whispering within…

"On the way up the hill to the Basilica, the visitor who wishes to discover the monument, indeed a whole world, has to stop by this house ...fascinating, indispensable explanations..." Petit fute 2015.

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Vezelay is a great village

Vezelayon the pilgrimage to Spain is a fantastic place full of delicious restaurants an amezing Vezelay abbey. A 3 hours trip by car from Paris and is in Burgundy also part of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 12, 2015
Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

Vezelayon the pilgrimage to Spain is a fantastic place full of delicious restaurants an amezing Vezelay abbey. A 3 hours trip by car from Paris and is in Burgundy also part of the unesco heritage place a full day visit will be memorable

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

The visitor center is a great accompaniment to the basilica, providing insight into the symbolism of the basilica, the sculptors of the 12th century, and the impact and influence of the basilica on religious life.

Thank Janeen C
Christi89450, Guide at Vezelay Visitor Centre, responded to this review

Dear Janeen, thank-you for your review of the Visitor Centre. A nice surprise to discover it this morning. You were lucky to be in Vezelay before it got as cold as at present (very exceptional). Remind me : was it you who would like a copy of the film ? I hope we will enjoy seeing you here again, and... More 

Sydney, Australia
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104 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015 via mobile

You have to be very keen to get to Vezelay from Dijon If you want to leave on a Wednesday you have to get the train at 5am and five hours later you will get to a station and a shuttle bus will take you to Vezelay. Otherwise you can drive there in one and half hours, it is 128... More 

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Solihull, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Visited to book tickets for sol et lumiere. Explained process, that he event was in French and times and only took our booking when we confirmed we understood. Great source of local information too...

Thank Simpleneed
Bramsche, Germany
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We got a wonderfull tour through the mystics of hight and light of parts of this particular cathedral in Vezelay as well as for all gothic cathedrals. Thank you for the inspiration! We will see many buildings in a new light!

Thank Heidi E
Seattle, Washington
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

An inspiring presentation of the Basilica, superbly delivered. Truly a must for those who wish to enter the church with the level of understanding needed to truly appreciate its meaning. I absolutely recommend it!

Thank Geraldine K
Chanas, France
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

La maison du Visiteur is a must to really appreciate and undertand the intrinsic grandeur of Vezelay. The state-of-the-art visit is a symphony of insight on Vezélay's basilica - one of the most beautiful in the world where stone dialogues with light in Christian, cosmic serenity. Brilliantly and yet so simply exposed by the knowlegable guide - I came out... More 

Thank GG C
Dracut, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Our family spent several days in Vezelay in July 2014 and our visit to "La Maison du Visiteur" was one of the highlights of our stay. Located a short distance down the hill from the Basilica, this "visitor's house" is a very special place. Expect to spend about an hour or so here before you make your visit to the... More 

1 Thank Denah T
Eagle, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

A stop in the quaint town of Vezelay while on your day trip through Burgundy is a must. Once there, and before you enter the basilica, stop by the visitor center to learn about the basilica's history and the importance of light. Our guide was very informative and welcoming. We could have spent another hour w/ him. We will surely... More 

2 Thank Smoore2013
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

The visitors center is a MUST SEE in Vezelay. Our guide was exceptional well educated, informed and articulate - and spoon feed us everything you need to know to understand the basilica- the building, the symbolism, importance of the light etc. The movie is brilliant and his comments are enlightening. And the model and plan downstairs allow you to experience... More 

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