Vézelay, France

Must–see sites in Vézelay from past to present

Must–see sites in Vézelay from past to present

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11 tour stops


Place du Champ de Foire or the « Foirail »

In the Middle Ages, pilgrims and market stallholders would gather on this place.

4 min

Maison de Romain Rolland - Musée Zervos

The museum of contemporary art displays works from artists such as Picasso.

3 min

Maison de Théodore de Bèze

Théodore de Bèze, a convert to Protestantism, became friends with Calvin.

1 min

Place du Grand Puits and maison des Colomb

This well is in fact a cistern. Not one drop of water has been drawn from here!

1 min

Former Church of St-Pierre and Hôtel de Ville

On the edge of the square stand one of Vézelay’s churches and the Town Hall.

2 min

The Old Abbey Hostel

The hostel provided accommodation for the throngs of pilgrims who flocked here.

3 min

The Basilica of Sainte-Marie-Madeleine

Romanesque in style, the Basilica is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

4 min

Musée de l’œuvre Viollet-le-Duc

The story of the restoration of the Basilica by the architect Viollet-le-Duc.

3 min

The Morvan from the terrace of the Basilica

A place of tranquillity, the terrace offers a panoramic view across the Morvan.

5 min

House and gardens of the writer Jules Roy

The house of the writer Jules Roy, a place for inspiration.

3 min

The Porte Neuve and Fortifications

The Porte Neuve is one of the town’s main entrance gates.

3 min


Is this your first visit to Vézelay? Come and explore the must-see sites the mediaeval village of Vézelay is renowned for, from past and present. As a UNESCO World Heritage site and a starting point on the Way of St James to Santiago de Compostela, Vézelay receives many pilgrims in the Basilica of Sainte-Marie-Madeleine. Join us on this easy walk around these places! The tour begins at the Place du Champ de Foire.

Itinerary 1.2 km / 1:30

Offline map included

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