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St. Madeleine

Pl. de la Basilique, Vezelay, France
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Ranked #1 of 4 attractions in Vezelay
Type: Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings, Churches/ Cathedrals
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Dining
Description: This massive medieval cathedral dominates the village of Vézelay.
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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183 reviews 183 reviews
46 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

A masterpiece of human building and belief. Not to miss the vespers and mess with wonderful chant by the fraternités monastiques de Jerusalem. Not to miss!

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71 reviews 71 reviews
16 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

This stone town is crowned by St. Madeleine - well worth the hike up the hill. We visited in March, when there were few tourists. Not a lot to see, but it is memorable because of the setting. Whatever the temperature is outside, plan on even colder inside - so in cool weather bring something warm. Sleepy little town in... More

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89 reviews 89 reviews
38 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

The architecture is simply marvelous! It is well worth the walk up hill! Everything has been well preserved. Do not forget to visit the crypt. Possibly, the visit was enhanced by visiting it in November when the usual tourist shops and masses of people would hinder the views and possibly the amount of time a person may want to explore... More

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Lancefield, Australia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

We were referred to the basilica by a Frenchman who spoke haltingly of how he and his wife found it inspiring. We were at dinner at the time, so the next day we visited. After we arrived, the nuns entered the building and meditated and worshipped for some time. It was indeed inspiring. The basilica as far as we could... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

“Unexpected surprise in a little town”??? This is a UNESCO World Heritage site! One of the traditional starting points for the Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in France!! An amazing building despite being "restored" by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc in the 19th century, Viollet-le-Duc? He that designed the inside of the Statue of Liberty in New York - do your homework! Europe... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

If you go there at certain times of the day, you can hear nuns & monks singing their offices. Very beautiful. The times are posted.

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Orange Park, Florida
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302 reviews 302 reviews
112 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

Situated in an absolutely lovely town of Vezelay which is filled with stores, restaurants, wine stores, etc. we were not expecting such a beautiful and massive church in the middle of this tiny town and were not aware that there was a crypt that goes downstairs and I believe its St Madeline's tomb. All in all, a very spiritual place... More

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Darien, Ilinois
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

If you are in the area this Basilique is definitely worth a visit. Hard to believe a church of this size and ornateness is in a small town like Vezelay

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Kent, England
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152 reviews 152 reviews
35 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

At the time of our visit work was being done on the exterior so from the outside it perhaps lost some of it's impact but the style of the interior was impressive. The patterns of light and shade emphasised the graceful interior architecture so I can understand why some found the visit moving. Having said that, and I know this... More

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Guarapari, ES
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

Majestic both inside and out.Beautiful view from the terrace over the fields.Environment of a lot of spirituality.

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