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St. Madeleine

Pl. de la Basilique, Vezelay, France
03-86-33-39-50
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Ranked #1 of 4 attractions in Vezelay
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Melbourne, Australia
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77 reviews 77 reviews
46 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We visited Vezelay whilst doing a trip on the Nivernais canal. The tourist office at Chatel Censoir booked a taxi to take us on the 20 minute trip, kindly dropping us off outside the basilica. It is well worth visiting. The basilica is an excellent example of Romanesque architecture, large and spacious with a light airy feel about it. Visit... More

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London, United Kingdom
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Visited Vezelay in Burgundy which the guide books boast is the most beautiful village in France. It isn't, but it is definitely in the top 20 and well worth a 3-5 hour visit. The village signs encourage tourists to park in the plentiful car park spaces (€3 a day) at the bottom of the village. Be aware though that the... More

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Haifa, Israel
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14 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

This wonderful church sits on a hill atop the charming town of Vezelay. It has much historic importance in the time of the crusades. There are no stained glass windows to distract so I spent my time admiring the wonderful, intricate sculptures atop the pillars, relating biblical scenes with an emphasis on the morbid. The church has beautiful proportions and... More

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We visited this imposing Romanesque basilica on a cold but brilliantly sunny day in February and were entirely on our own as we made our way upwards through the attractive winding streets of medieval Vezelay. Situated at the very top of the only hill in town, the size and scale of the building particularly impress and we had gasped at... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

This place is a UNESCO World Heritage site and you soon see why. An unspoilt medieval abbey church towers high above this tourist honeypot with stunning views across the surrounding countryside, not least the surrounding countryside. Can be a little too much at weekends when the place is packed to the rafters, so best to visit in the evening when... More

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Berkshire, England
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

This is one of the greatest romanesque buildings that you can visit. It is so atmospheric. You start with the magnificent carving of the tympanum as you enter, followed by the pure beauty of the space as you enter the nave.The basilica is perched on top of a hill and is quite a site as you approach the village of... More

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Silkeborg, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I have travelled all around the world, yet Vezelay and the church of St. Madeleine still stands out as one of the most magnificent. It remains one of the most beautiful and breathtaking places I have ever seen. The way the town is build around this amazing monument is absolutely stunning.

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Ann Arbor, MI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Vézelay was where three crusades were preached and is one of the four terminus churches where pilgrims begin the trek to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Important church with important carvings. There is a lovely park with scenic overlooks that wraps around the apse-end of the cathedral.

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Chicago
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

If you ever needed evidence the Middle Ages was a very works oriented piety look no further. This spectacular basilica may not have the art or stained glass that many other have but is still impressive.

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Houston, Texas
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

This church is both awe-inspiring, and intensely spiritual. Located atop a very picturesque little village, the feeling of being at one with nature and God is ever present. While touring the church, the monks and nuns that reside there started holding mass. I was enthralled by the ambience, the singing, and the spirituality offered by this church. Lucky individuals may... More

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