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West Facade West facade of the Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, Vezelay.  Credit: Holly Hayes on Sacred Destinations

West Facade West facade of the Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, Vezelay. Credit: Holly Hayes on Sacred Destinations

on Sacred DestinationsWest Facade West facade of the Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, Vezelay.  Credit: Holly Hayes

on Sacred DestinationsWest Facade West facade of the Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, Vezelay. Credit: Holly Hayes

West Front The Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, Vezelay.  Credit: Holly Hayeson Sacred Destinations

West Front The Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, Vezelay. Credit: Holly Hayeson Sacred Destinations

Photo of Vézelay Abbey (Basilique Ste-Madeleine): Central Portal: Peter and Paul

Photo of Vézelay Abbey (Basilique Ste-Madeleine): Central Portal: Peter and Paul

View of early Gothic chevet (c.1170-1210) from the peaceful garden to the east.The Basilique Ste Madeleine  Credit: Holly Hayeson Sacred Destinations  During an insurrection in July 1120  the abbey was burnt and the abbot murdered.  Abbot Renaud de Semur, who later became Archbishop of Lyons, raised the basilica from ruins and added an abbot's palace. Work on the basilica's Romanesque nave was underway from 1120 to its dedication in 1132; the narthex was built around 1140-50. The original…

View of early Gothic chevet (c.1170-1210) from the peaceful garden to the east.The Basilique Ste Madeleine Credit: Holly Hayeson Sacred Destinations During an insurrection in July 1120 the abbey was burnt and the abbot murdered. Abbot Renaud de Semur, who later became Archbishop of Lyons, raised the basilica from ruins and added an abbot's palace. Work on the basilica's Romanesque nave was underway from 1120 to its dedication in 1132; the narthex was built around 1140-50. The original…

Sculpted doors and typhanum inside the Romanesque church of Vezelay. Burgundy, France

Sculpted doors and typhanum inside the Romanesque church of Vezelay. Burgundy, France

Vigee Le Brun ART Page 48_Susanne Vigée - 1785 oil on canvas, 22 x 18 inches The artists's sister-in-law, Susanne Marie Francoise de Rivière. Reference Kimbell Exhibition Catalog Number 18 for more details.

Vigee Le Brun ART Page 48_Susanne Vigée - 1785 oil on canvas, 22 x 18 inches The artists's sister-in-law, Susanne Marie Francoise de Rivière. Reference Kimbell Exhibition Catalog Number 18 for more details.

The Basilique Ste-Madeleine (Basilica Church of St. Mary Magdalene) in Vézelay is the largest Romanesque church in France and only 10 yards shorter than the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. As it claimed to guard the relics of St. Mary Magdalen, Vézelay was a major medieval pilgrimage destination. It also saw the launch of the Second and Third Crusades.

The Basilique Ste-Madeleine (Basilica Church of St. Mary Magdalene) in Vézelay is the largest Romanesque church in France and only 10 yards shorter than the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. As it claimed to guard the relics of St. Mary Magdalen, Vézelay was a major medieval pilgrimage destination. It also saw the launch of the Second and Third Crusades.

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