Looking onto the Monts du Morvan, Sainte Madeleine Basilica stands at the top of a steep hill and watches majestically over the winegrowers’ houses and Renaissance dwellings. This masterpiece of Romanesque art was restored by architect Viollet-le-Duc in the 19C and has made Vézelay a Mecca for pilgrimages and a starting point on the way to Santiago de Compostela.

+ d'infos : www.vezelaytourisme.com

Information : Tourist Office - Tel : +33 (0)3 86 33 23 69

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Must-sees and must-dos

  • Sainte Madeleine Basilica
  • Maison du Visiteur (to prepare your visit of the basilica : slide show, scale models, etc.)
  • Musée de l’Oeuvre-Viollet-le-Duc (medieval sculptures and castings from the Basilica)
  • Maison Jules Roy (the writer’s house)
  • Musée Zervos (modern art 1925-1965) in Romain Rolland’s house
  • A guided tour of the village (with the Guides de Pays des Collines association)
  • A guided tour of the village and basilica (art, history, symbolism and traditions by Lorant Hecquet, professional lecturer)
  • Around the ramparts in a horse-drawn carriage


  • Abbeys and churches : Sainte Madeleine Basilica (12C and 19C)
  • Panoramas : View of the Cure valley and Monts du Morvan from the forecourt of the old castle
  • Wine : AOC Burgundy Vézelay wines

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