La Maison du Visiteur
La Maison du Visiteur
4.5
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
The Visitor Center is a must stop on the way to the Basilica to understand what makes this sacred mountain so exceptional. Through a film and a workshop animated by our guides, discover the art and secrets of the builders who erected it 900 years ago.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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mspickiep
New York City, NY36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Friends
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 the annual cycle of the sun on the basilica- it is all so well conceived and executed.
And at the suggestion of the guide we got ourselves to the basilica by 7:30AM and experienced the light coming through the East windows- it was moving and memorable. I suggest you do it too. Don't miss seeing the terrace (behind the basilica) with its panoramic view of the valley below.
Written March 28, 2014
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Kathryn Y
Houston, TX108 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2012 • Friends
this is definitely my favorite church I've ever seen. the lighting is amazing and wow--wait until you see the view from the park next to it. it blew me away and it's a great photo op and its so nice to sit there and have a picnic. the church is phenomenal though and i bumped into a couple visiting from paris who said they went there a lot for vacation because it is the best place to go/most beautiful. highly recommended!
Written October 1, 2012
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Pcomms
Asheville, NC14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
Vezelay is even more special than "they" say -- and I've been there before. But Chris Kelly from La Maison du Visiteur made it wonderful and unforgettable. His familiarity and passion for the basilica are unmatched. His calm demeanor and clear explanations brought history to life. Highest recommendation possible for anyone to spend a few hours with Chris.
Written November 1, 2018
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Thank-you for your very kind words. Yes, Vezelay is very special. The basilica opens her arms to you whenever you wish to return, we at la Maison du Visiteur too !
Written November 3, 2018
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Smoore2013
Eagle, CO40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Friends
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 return!
Written May 27, 2014
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FXL454
Miami, FL1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Family
Vézelay is a must stop-over if you are taking a trip through Burgundy. A full day is required to leisurely visit this beautiful city. You just leave your car at the foot of the "Colline Inspirée" and stroll your way up the Main Street to the Basilica. Half way up make sure you stop at the Maison du Visiteur and enjoy their awesome presentation of everything you need to know about why and how the Basilica was built and the deep faith and mind boggling drive of those who built such fantastic monument, prior to your visiting the Basilica. Vézelay is an important stage on the way to Santiago de Compostella and a marvelous place for amateur and solid hikers. At Saint-Père Nautical Base (5 km before reaching Vézelay from Avallon) it is possible to hire kayaks and paddle your way down the Cure river through unforgettable landscapes. Have a picnic or stop at one of several restaurants most of which are quite affordable (15 / 20 euros per person). And do not forget your camera!
Written October 8, 2012
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CalgaryMarcoPolo
Calgary218 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Solo
I was at Vezelay at the time of the solstice. The Basilica was built so that at that time, the light from the windows makes a path of light up the nave in a very magical way. The tour guide was very enthusiastic, and showed us the difference between teh Roman and Gothic parts of the Basilica, and emphasized the importance of light. What was not included in the tour was a visit to the Tympanum, which is being restored. Be sure to make your own private tour of that. And try to get a tour in English.
Written July 2, 2019
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Demmingspal
Washington, DC9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Friends
My father and I had the pleasure of engaging Christopher as our guide to the Basilica in Vezelay. What an incredibly friendly, knowledgeable, and exciting tour guide! Although we'd already been in the town and visited the basilica several times, Christopher's tour helped us to gain new insight to its architectural and, especially, the solar significance. His tour was one of the best we've had anywhere and demonstrated deep knowledge and appreciation for the basilica and its surroundings. La Maison du Visiteur has an excellent introductory slideshow, as well as various replicas and models on site to explain features of the basilica before you enter it. High quality outfit all around!
Written November 16, 2016
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Heidi E
Bramsche, Germany47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Family
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!
Written August 13, 2015
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Denah T
Dracut, MA10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Family
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 serene and beautiful Basilica. You will appreciate and enjoy your time in the Basilica so much more after your time here. Our guide, Christopher Kelly, was truly exceptional. He explained the architectural, historical and spiritual significance of the Basilica through some really innovative medium (lights, movie, music, sophisticated scale models). Far exceeded our expectations!!
Written August 13, 2014
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Manuela K
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
We were deeply impressed by the wonderful Basilica of Vézelay. We enjoyed an excellent tour with the guide Christopher Kelly that also included the Vezelay Museum. Christopher Kelly is an extremely knowledgeable and nice guide. He explained not only the building history, and the multi-layered symbols, myths and unique light effects in the basilica of Vézelay, but he also brought us closer to the mindset of pilgrims and the church in general in the early Middle Ages when Vezelay was built. We could not believe how quickly the time of the guided visit went by.
Written April 9, 2024
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