Building with light, the basilica of Vézelay

A visit to know and understand the construction techniques of craftsmen.

Building with light

Discover the steps of building a church and the gestures of the craftsmen with the tools they used: 13 rope knots, gnomon, false square ...!

How is there the 900th anniversary men built with light? Other civilizations did it before them. The workshop Bâtir avec la lumière brings our attention and our admiration to those builders of the Middle Ages who have left us remarkable testimonies of this art of building as in Vézelay.

How did they do to create paths of light that appear on the floor or on the sculptures throughout the year to the rhythms of festivals and seasons?

During the workshop experience the solar observation, the first traces on the ground, the choice of volumes and openings that allows the play of the sun with stone.

Visit of the visit Building with the Light

In the workshop

Be part of a team of craftsmen who have been ordered for thea construction of a monastery church just after the year 1000.

Forget your shelves your watches to trust the solar time, your viewing skills and your hands!

1 Being in space, cosmic dimension : Evolve with one hand a epure table, to make particular drawings, (experiments in model) and include the solar radiation tracking to orient the building.

2 The first traces: outline of the plan, the laws of harmony : make traces on the ground of the future building as if we were on the ground.

3 Designing Paths of Light

Practical details

Duration 1h15
Rates per person :
Adults: € 9, ages 13-24: € 7, ages 6-12: € 5
Groups: adults: € 8, school groups: € 6. primary: 4 €


Visits open to all will resume in the spring: see calendar below from February 2020.
For groups and scholars, dates and times on request. Minimum package of 90 €
Contact: + 33 (0) 3 86 32 35 65

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