The Discovery Workshop - the Basilica unveiled

Prepare or complete your visit to the Basilica from Vézelay

The Basilica of Vézelay unveiled

At the top of the hill, the Basilique de Vézelay is an architecture of light. How to enter this universe of harmony and to perceive its laws?

Around a model of the basilica, attend the games of light that take place four times a year: you will understand why the builders have attached so much importance to the sunlight. You will be able to see the plan, the cane of the master builder ... And on a screen wall, the images of the movie "In the shadow of the Light" will reveal to you, whatever the day of your visit, a unique dialogue between the sun and stone.

The symbol room

Design : Visitor's House. Model of the basilica: Marcel Monnier. Tools of the builders : Patrice Meyer. Scenography : Forges workshops.

In the symbol room,

  • concretely enter the expertise et the vision of the monks builders with handle, map and model in 3 D.
  • Learn to read a marquee.
  • Leave with our roadmap and visit the Basilica otherwise.

The film "In the shadow of the Light"

Original creation of the Visitor's House. Pictures : Philippe Brame. Music : Jorge Milchberg, Bertrand Boss ... Production : Forges workshops.

In the projection room, with the film "In the shadow of the Light",

  • attend the famous games of light that are visible only on certain days in the Basilica.
  • look closely at the wonders of the sculpture.

In practice

Duration : 1h15
Rates :
Adults: 9 € / pers. Reduced: 7 € / pers. Groups: 8 € / pers. School: 6 € / pers. Children 6-12 years: 4 € / pers.


Visits open to all: see calendar below.
To groups and school dates and times on request. Minimum package of 90 €
Contact: + 33 (0) 3 86 32 35 65 -

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