Hotel Crispol

Les guettes Fontette, Saint Père sous Vezelay, Vézelay, 89450, France
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Hotel in Vezelay, France

by sshart

I am sending clients to stay at the Hotel le Compostelle in Vezelay, France. Has anyone ever stayed there or been there, and what do you think of it? Thanks, Sally Hart, Flights of Fancy Travel

Re: Hotel in Vezelay, France

by SHARKFIN

Hi , go to the web site below , do a virtual walk around the area . I found it very useful to determine the convenience of the hotel location . http://photos.pagesjaunes.fr/.
of course u need the exact address for the above , go to france hotel web site , get the address and let your finger do the walking

Travel Tips for Vézelay

The Capitals of the Church Nave Columns

by hquittner

This is the main attraction of Vezelay. They were created between 1120-40, less than 50 years after the revival of similar sculpting in Moissac and Toulouse (see our Tips). Thses were the second generation of artists and they have increased mastery of their craft. The figures are not stiff and there is action and insight. It is thought that there were as many as 5 masters and assistants; one may have even been Gislebertus of Autun. There was continuing work at Cluny as well, since that Order was the sponsor of this work. The Cluniacs believed strongly in the enhancing power of art in religious indoctrination. Vezelay was the staging point for one of the sets of pilgrimages (tourists; tour groups) and the opportunity for education besides the display of relics were the justification for such a large and lavish structure. Things related to Jesus are displayed on the tympani and surrounds of the church and narthex on the West. The capitals display Old Testament, Saints lives and symbolic (some meanings are unknown) decoration. There are more than 70 of them. These creations of man are of greater impact than the splendid vistas outside or the majesty of the long aisles of the church.

Eternal Hill

by Lilasel

Vézelay – the "Eternal Hill" – was one of the most important places of pilgrimage in France. It was a point of departure and assembly for the Crusades and for pilgrims bound for Santiago de Compostela, but most of all it was a magnet for all who wished to see the relics of Mary Magdalen.

Tourist office

by ATLC

The Tourist Office is halfway up the main street. Just opposite Tour Gaillon (see photo). They have information about the region too. Office de Tourisme
Rue Saint Pierre
89450 Vezelay

Tel. 03 86 33 23 69

A Short History of the Basilica Ste-Madeleine

by hquittner

The Benedictine Abbey of Vezelay was founded in 878. As part of the complex a Carolingian church was built. Early in the 11C relics of the saint were “recovered” from near Aix-en-Provence. Their installation caused a flood of pilgrimages to them. As part of their move to exploit the pilgrimages, the Cluniacs took control of the Abbey. They quickly built a new church (1096-1104) to accommodate the pilgrims. After a fire and collapse of the nave, it was rebuilt starting in 1120 at which time the capitals and 3 tympani were created (finished 1130) with the Pentecostal message of the church beaming out. The influx of pilgrims lead to the building of a Narthex, finished in 1146, in which year St. Bernard appropriately preached the Second Crusade from its steps. (two years later when he founded the Cistercians he renounced the decoration of churches, shocked by the excesses at Vezelay). From this spot the groups of pilgrims formed to go to Compostela by one of the 4 routes the Cluniacs established for their safety and religious entertainment. A century later the pilgrimage craze and the power of Cluny were waning and St. Francis of Assisi took over the Abbey . Worse, in 1280 remains of the Saint were found anew near Aix and the Pope certified them and declared those at Vezelay to be fake. A steady decline and neglect ensued and after the Revolution it was desanctified and partly damaged. Deterioration and some demolition followed until Prosper Merimee recognized its beauty and empowered Viollet-le-Duc to restore it . The process took 21 years! (1840-61). There are 4 tympani and 118 capitals in situ (94 in the nave). (See our other Tips and a Travelog on these). In this tip we have pictured 3. The first is the most famous appearing in many publications. It is called the “Mystical Mill” and show on our left a bearded prophet (maybe Moses) pouring the Old Testament Law into the Mill. Receiving the refined Law (New Testament) on the right is Paul (partly bald). (Versions of this depiction are very rare). Next on one capital are 3 scenes of David and Goliath. First he stunned by the slingshot, next he is decapitated and finally David leaves with loot. The last features a flaming-haired devil who appears in many capitals, many in which the meanings are lost, as in this one. What is going on? (add a comment if you think you know ). The survival and restoration of the Basilica.

My Vezelay

by Lilasel

I've got used to come to Vezelay when I was living in France. My house was just about 10 km from Vezelay.
The village was a place for respite, for new ideas, for calm and mental conversation with close friends. There's something magical in this place. During the winter Vezelay is totally dead, but on summer many tourists make this village alive. Anyway I was feeling myself great any season.

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