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Vézelay, Church and Hill
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 9-12 Centuries
Date of Inscription: 1979, 2007
Location: Europe, France, Bourgogne Region, Département of Yonne
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Description: The Benedictine abbey of Vézelay has been an important place of pilgrimage as shortly after its foundation in the 9th century it acquired the relics of St Mary Magdalene. In 1146 St Bernard preached the Second Crusade there and in 1190 Richard the Lion-Hearted and Philip II Augustus used the space to meet before leaving for the Third Crusade. The Madeleine of Vézelay – a 12th-century monastic church - boasting sculpted capitals and portal is a masterpiece of Burgundian Romanesque art and architecture. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Vézelay Abbey (now known as Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine) was a Benedictine and Cluniac monastery in Vézelay in the Yonne département in Burgundy, France. The Benedictine abbey church of Ste-Marie-Madeleine (or Basilica of St. Mary Magdalene), with its complicated program of imagery in sculpted capitals and portals, is one of the outstanding masterpieces of Burgundian Romanesque art and architecture, though much of its exterior sculpture was defaced during the French Revolution. The church and hill at Vézelay were added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1979. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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