"RICHARD the LION HEART was HERE" Vézelay by ViajesdelMundo

Vézelay Travel Guide: 58 reviews and 198 photos

BASILICA of Ste. MADELEINE

The main street of this little town winds up the hill past artists' studios, galleries and shops before it reaches the BASILICA. It is called one of the all-time glories of Romanesque design, "the marvel of the west", but was completely restored in the 19th century.

Unfortunately, I could not get a lot of photos because there was a small service being conducted when we were there, but I did take a short VIDEO which incudes some beautiful singing!

See the Tip with a few street scenes; it was end of the day and we were there after many of the shops had closed, but I wish we had had a full day to see the Basilica better and enjoy the lovely town.

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  • Pros:A Long History
  • In a nutshell:Wonderful Little Town!
  • Last visit to Vézelay: May 2009
  • Intro Updated Jun 12, 2009
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  • Nov 17, 2010 at 4:49 PM

    Seems an interesting out of the way place to visit.

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    Aug 6, 2010 at 3:40 AM

    oh I love France! i could easily endure driving around now instead of here at home (sick with the flu for over a week!mid summer??)..lovely old hotels and architecture, lovely gardens and landscapes...nice little page to stir me up!

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    Feb 9, 2010 at 5:27 PM

    Not only Richard the Lionheart was there - me too!! But really, you do not have to mention it in your intro ;-))) You were really lucky with your choice of hotels. And you see: Photos with dramatic clouds are more spectacular than with blue sky. Sissi

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    Dec 28, 2009 at 12:53 AM

    good page, good tips and good photos. All the best. Bora

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Dec 28, 2009 at 12:07 AM

    The Hotel sounds worth remembering. Nice old Trees in the grounds, lovely!

  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    Sep 23, 2009 at 5:47 PM

    A picnic under that lovely tree sounds wonderful. Then hotel was a good choice.

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