Vezelay

Vezelay, in the Yonne department, is an important stage on the route to Santiago de Compostella, and its huge basilica towers over the rest of the village, visible from several miles away.

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And yet the foundation of the church and the reason why so many pilgrims have come to Vezelay since it was first built a thousand years ago, was due to a theft. At that time, there was a little monastery at the foot of the village, and one of the monks was suddenly inspired to travel all the way to Provence, to remove the remains of St Mary Magdalene from a convent there, and to bring them back to Vezelay.

The relics made Vezelay an important spiritual centre, and this significance continues to this day. Monks are still present in the village, running two hostels for pilgrims, and offering numerous courses in medieval illumination, pottery, violin playing…

And the village has attracted other people too; counted one of "les plus beaux villages de France", many artists and writers have found inspiration in its peaceful atmosphere.




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