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The first view of Vezelay at the top of a hill in Burgundy is heart-stopping. Each time we go, we find this spot and stop and delight in the view. It is beautiful any time of year.

There is parking at the foot of the hill and you can walk up the cobblestone road between all the little shops for a real "pilgrim" experience. If you can't handle hills, however, there is parking at the top of the hill behind the basilica.

Be prepared to be awe-inspired when you walk inside the basilica.

The basilique is beautiful but nothing prepares you for the inside. Continue up the hill, admire the carvings above the doors . . . and walk inside.

Here is my journal entry for our first trip to Vezelay.

"The church is wonderful. They have used two colors of stone — dark and light — to create interest, and the carvings are magical. The windows were clear glass but cast colors on the floor when the sun shone through them."

The incredible contrast between the dark and light stone is the first thing you notice.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Stunningly beautiful and a tremendous feeling of history.
  • Cons:Can be very crowded during tourist season.
  • In a nutshell:Easy to imagine the feeling of a medieval pilgrim as you walk up the hill toward the church.
  • Intro Updated Mar 17, 2010
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  • Maryimelda's Profile Photo
    Jan 19, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    It's easy to see why you like Vezelay, Sally. I would love to see that basilica.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Oct 11, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    Lovely! What a mouth watering dessert you enjoyed, sounds delicious!

  • pieter_jan_v's Profile Photo
    Sep 29, 2010 at 10:02 PM

    :) PJ

  • ATLC's Profile Photo
    Aug 24, 2007 at 11:41 PM

    Lately we've taken to parking the car further up alongside the town, and then after visiting the church, walk DOWN the main street. Lazy! :-)

  • christine.j's Profile Photo
    Aug 9, 2006 at 1:15 PM

    Bourgogne is just too beautiful. It's my favourite area of France. Do give us your tips about Cluny and Nuits St Georges.

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