The eternal Hill of Vezelay

A walk up the Hill of Vézelay in Burgundy.

Vézelay is a village in Burgundy. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful villages of France with its Basilica which dominates the whole valley. This is one of the starting points for the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela (1200 miles!). Access to Vézelay is not so easy because the A6 highway passes 20 kilometres away , there is a lot of free paking for your car, only the closest of the Basilica have a fee. You can also take the opportunity to discover the surrounding area, it is possible to practice many activities: mountain biking, hiking, canoeing...

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Duration: 2 h.

Walk around Vézelay

Walk around Vézelay
The visit of Vézelay can be very fast, You can park at the entrance of the town for free. There is a path that goes around the hill (40 minutes walk).

The Basilica

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The Basilica
The Basilica is considered as a masterpiece of Romanesque art.

View of the Burgundian countryside

View of the Burgundian countryside
On the way to Vézelay you can admire the beautiful panorama of the Burgundian countryside.

The terrace

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The terrace
The terrace is located in the former location of the castle of the Abbots. The buildings were sold and razed after the Revolution in 1790.

Statue of St. Bernard

Statue of St. Bernard
Saint Bernard was a monk. He made a famous speech in Vézelay in 1146 for the second crusade.

The Basilica

The Basilica
In 1840 the Basilica was almost a ruin, The famous architect Viollet-le-Duc saved it. Next to the Basilica you can visit a museum dedicated to him. There is still a monastic community in Vézelay.

The crypt

The crypt
The crypt contains the relics of Mary Magdalene, the pilgrims came to Vézelay to see these relics. It is unclear how the relics arrived in this part of Burgundy. The relics are supposed to givie sight to the blind and forgive the sins.

The village of Vézelay

The village of Vézelay
You can walk in the village, there are many good restaurants. Prices are quite high.

An alley in Vezelay

An alley in Vezelay

The salty fountains

The salty fountains
From Vézelay you can visit the salty fountains. The site has been used since the Neolithic era and the Romans built baths. It’s not very intertesting.

Other walks

From Puisaye to Sepeaux

From Puisaye to Sepeaux

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