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Vézelay Travel Guide: 58 reviews and 208 photos
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: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.
The wonderful church at Vezelay is not a cathedral which must have a bishop's chair. It is a basilica . . . a fine point... more travel advice
This young lady looked none to happy to be touring Vezelay that day. I'm sure she was rescued shortly. Lots of walking... more travel advice
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