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Address: 89450 Vezelay, France
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A place of peace on a lovely hilltop in France

A quiet, peaceful, impressive basilica, filled with history. A short trip from Paris, just over 2 hours, and worth the time. Taking a stroll through the basilica, the town, the... read more

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Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A quiet, peaceful, impressive basilica, filled with history. A short trip from Paris, just over 2 hours, and worth the time. Taking a stroll through the basilica, the town, the grounds and you are transported to another time. Put this on your list of places to see and you won't be disappointed.

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Saint-Cloud, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A must for all visiting Vezelay . Handsome and we'll lit knave almost as long as Notre Dame in Paris. Not to be missed is the view of the valleys to the north and east especially after sunset from the viewing platform directly behind the Abbey o the north. We were very lucky to have a clear night and a... More 

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Santa Paula, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017

A jewel of romanesque architecture of the distinctive Bourgogne style. One of few remaining romanesque churches with a nartex.

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Washington, DC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2016

The Basilique Sainte Marie-Madeleine, a fine example of Romanesque architecture, is well worth a visit- or two or three or four. It's not only interesting as an example of rapid changes in architectural styles that occurred over night as the basilica was being completed, but also as a Stone Henge-like human structure oriented to take in sunlight in very particular... More 

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Annapolis Royal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2016

What was so special about this abbey was to see and hear the service attended by so many actual monks and nuns. It was beautiful.

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Reviewed 20 October 2016

Recommended by our canal guide book - we were so pleased we came to Vezelay and especially the Cathedral. It has a quiet magnificence about it. Loved the surrounding town and the winding medieval streets, but the Basillica was the star of the day a must do :)

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2016

I didn't care much for the basilica, it seemed more austere in the Lutheran style than one usually sees in Catholic churches, but it was interesting enough and attractive from the outside. The village, however, is built on a hill and looms over the countryside presenting a romantic pose on the approaching drives. The village is filled with art shops,... More 

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Wirral, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 September 2016

Vezelay is an interesting small town with many eateries and good hotels. We visited for the afternoon on a very hot day walking up the VERY steep hill to the basilica although we later spotted an electric bus transporting the less able persons up and down. Some interesting shops and cafes to look in to on the way up and... More 

Thank Ruth L
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Reviewed 20 September 2016

Vezelay has to be one of my favourite places in the world! I first visited it 30 years ago when it was impressive but empty and somehow unloved. Since then it has come alive with the help of a new monastic community. It is clean, cared for and is once again a spiritual centre. The interior is breathtaking. Definitely not... More 

Thank James W
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Reviewed 16 September 2016

We visited Vezelay during our recent stay in nearby Arcy-sur-Cure. The 'town' is well worth a visit in itself and has several shops, cafes and restaurants. It involves a walk up through the main street (which is generally traffic free and at times is pedestrianised) which is a gentle hill to the top where the Basilica is situated. There are... More 

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