Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine de Vézelay

Et voilà, on monte tout en haut du village et on arrive à la Basilique que l’on apercevait déjà au loin dans la brume depuis la voiture.

Après son abandon il y a plus de 500 ans, Prospère Mérimée la redécouvre en 1834 et c’est grâce à Eugène Viollet-le-Duc que les travaux de restauration peuvent commencer en 1840. Cet homme m’impressionne quand on voit la liste des bâtiments qui ont été sauvés grâce à lui {page Wikipédia}, on ne peut qu’être admiratif (Carcassonne, c’est lui …).


And here we climb on top of the village and we arrive at the Basilica we could already see in the distance in the mist, from the car.

After its abandonment more than 500 years ago, Prosperous Mérimée rediscovered it in 1834 and thanks to Eugène Viollet-le-Duc the restoration work began in 1840. This man impresses me when you see the list of buildings that were saved thanks to him {Wikipedia} page, one can only admire him (Carcassone, it’s his work …).

Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine de Vézelay

Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine de Vézelay

Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine de Vézelay

Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine de Vézelay

Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine de Vézelay

Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine de Vézelay

Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine de Vézelay

Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine de Vézelay

Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine de Vézelay

Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine de Vézelay

Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine de Vézelay

Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine de Vézelay

Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine de Vézelay

Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine de Vézelay

Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine de Vézelay

Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine de Vézelay et son chat

Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine de Vézelay et son chat

Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine de Vézelay

Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine de Vézelay

Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine de Vézelay

 

 

26 thoughts on “Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine de Vézelay

      • I think you are teasing me, however, I thought about the money and how none of these structures are built today. The physical, emotional, and financial cost to all of those around–reminds me of the pyramids and slaves. I do have to say that I find the building itself and the aging and texture that it shows to be beautiful. I wonder if the design was with or for love, or forced. Such sculpting and history, I do not see in these times.

        • Yes, I was teasing you🙂
          Sincerely, I do not believe builders at that time were slave. They were hired to do that kind of job. If you look carefully at stones, you can see little marks left by masons who worked there.
          Nice website there: https://www.durhamworldheritagesite.com/architecture/cathedral/construction
          “Contrary to the common belief that much of this was voluntary labour, substantial records exist to prove that most labourers were paid”
          Unfortunately the security was not as tight as it is now … certainly many workers died in accidents.

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