Things to see and do - Vézelay
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Place de la Basilique
This admirable church is set on a hill at the top of the village of Vézelay. The present basilica, one of the most beautiful in France, is partly Romanesque and has a vast, luminous nave with splendid statues. It was built in homage to St Magdalen wh..
Nature and gardens
At the heart of Burgundy, the mysterious Morvan massif spreads over four départements. Its geography and geology make it a distinct region, contrasting with its neighbours. Far from the major roads, the Morvan is the ideal place for those in search o..
Museums and art
In the house where Romain Rolland penned many of his novels are displayed the best items from a collection bequeathed to the town of Vézelay by Christian Zervos (d 1970). The founder of a publication called les Cahiers d'Art (1926-1960), he amassed a..
Architecture, castles and historic districts
Promenade des Fossés
The Promenade des Fossés follows the trace of the old ramparts which encircled the town in the Middle Ages which then had a series of seven round towers. The Porte Neuve (a gateway built from the 14 to the 16C) is flanked by two roughwork, machicolat..
Museums and art
r. des Écoles
Those wishing to learn a little about the character of Jules Roy (1907-2000) are able to visit the study and gardens of this writer and man of peace, who lies in Vézelay cemetery. From the terraces there are superb views over the landscape. The house..