The Marquee Reading Workshop

The language of stones ...

Marquee Reading

The capitals have things to tell us. Before the books, the men made the stones speak. Take the time to listen to them. If their messages seem to you sometimes written in a foreign language, our guide is there to help you to decipher it.

The Marquee Reading Workshop is held in the basilica.

Half in silence, half in sharing.

He will leave you lasting memories, the astonishment of being able to be reached in the heart by a voice from the depths of time.

Progress of the reading workshop of Chapiteaux

Firstly :

Basilica of Vézelay reading of Chapiteau
  • Receive
    The participants of the workshop are invited by the guide to gather around the same marquee for so as to "listen" to the image and to name the different forms down to the details.
  • Read
    Then in the light of the biblical and patristic tradition, and in some cases reference to other ancient sources, the guide places the images in the context theological, philosophical and mythological of the twelfth century.
  • Interpret
    Drawing on the initial observation of the image offered by the craftsman and a reading enlightened by tradition, each in silence takes the time to welcome the sculpture as a word addressed to him personally.

In a second phase :

  • transmit
    The group is made up of duets or trios. Each small group is entrusted with the discovery of a new sculpture that he will explore according to the previous approach to guide the eyes of all the participants of the workshop . This time when one make the stone speak , a way to make it heard in the present, to make life spring up for us today, in short to actualize it; when the XIIst century speaks to 21st !

In practice

Duration : 2h45
Price : Adults: 20 € / pers. Reduced: 15 € / pers. Groups: 18 € / pers. School: 12 € / pers.
The Visitor's House takes care of the settlement with the Basilica.
Before participating in this workshop, it is advisable to follow the Visitor Centre tour and to have already discovered the Basilica.


For For individuals, the Visitor's House offers workshops reading capitals in December around the winter solstice, when the capitals are alive with light at certain times of the day. Dates and times are published on our facebook page.
For groups and school dates and times on request. Minimum package of 180 €
Contact: + 33 (0) 3 86 32 35 65 -