On the Eternal Hill

La Coline Eternelle Vezelay

A revered place of the Christendom and of Western civilisation, Vezelay is a national heritage site. During the middle ages Vezelay was one of the most important destinations of many devout pilgrims. The magnificent Basilica of Sainte-Madeleine, dating from the 12th and 13th centuries, is considered a masterpiece of Roman art. Following the route of Saint-Jacques of Compostelle, we will discover the charming countryside of Auxois and its neighbouring towns and villages as we drive towards the eternal hill.

Vezelay's peaceful village, in the narrow streets lined with ancient houses, is built on an isolated hill dominating an immense panorama. Its Benedictine abbey carries the basilica Sainte-Madeleine, masterpiece of the medieval architecture among which the outside, austere and sober aspect, contrast with the luminosity of a nef 18 metres high and 62 metres long. Since the platform of the tower Saint-Michel, one enjoys a sight widened on the valley of the Cure, the Morvan and the Auxerrois.