The interior of the Church is very ascetic but light and pure at the same time.
In the cellar, which can be intered somewhere in the mid of the Church, St. Madeline relics (a hand) is kept.
There is a Brit priest, who serves there and organises spontanious excursions around the place, we were lucky to join one :))))
One can see a lot of pilgrims still coming to this place, we witnessed two mini buses of nuns paying a visit while we were there.....
Don't foget to go to the terrace behind the Church, a view from there over the valley is just breathtaking! They even have a metal plate there with engraved scenery and all the descriptions what is where.....
The 1st and foremost thing to see in Vezelay is of course Church of St. Madeline.
You'll get to it from the very bottom of a hill it stands on (and where is the entance to the town), along a steep and curvey main road which takes you right to the top....... and here is the beauty.....
The 12th century church is a masterpiece of Romanesque architecture and part of UNESCO World Heritage with outstanding sculptures and pillars depicting Biblical and mythological scenes. The 'Mystical Mill', a summary of the entire Bible, commands the largest crowd of onlookers.
The street which climbs to the top of the hill and the BASILICA is lined with shops, studios, restaurants, etc.
VEZELAY : Basilica
Un des joyaux de l'architecture romane, plein de symbolique !
La Madelaine is a very special building. "She" crowns the top of the hill of Vézelay, a laberynth of beautiful streets, with typical façades. Houses which include a "cave" where they keep the wine.
Not the fanciest of churches I ever saw in France. But it has a religious community which makes it come alive.
The street leading up to the church is lined by beautiful houses representing every period of history.