Solstice visits

The summer and winter rendezvous in the Basilica.

The Basilica of Vézelay was built in close relationship with the path of the sun. Light dwells within it. Its' dance with the stonework, unique in the world, culminates at the summer and winter solstices. Dates during which we take you into the Basilica to live an unforgettable experience. Finally at the Visitor Center, thanks to the models, the guide will explain the craftsmanship of the artisans and the symbolism of the play of light designed by the builders.

Visit to the winter solstice

The Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene at the Winter Solstice

At the winter solstice, the basilica becomes a sumptuous vessel glowing with the light of the sun. Its rays illuminate pillars, flagstones and capitals with the precision of a theater projector.
On cloudy days, the stones seem to radiate from within their shades of ocher and opal.

While making your way through the abbey with our guide, you will discover the pertinence in the XNUMXst century of the messages written into the stone XNUMX years ago and you will see how the stone carvers played with shade and light to create the harmony of the volumes ...

Summer solstice visits of Vezelay's Basilica

At Saint John the Baptist's solstice, in the glory of summer, a sumptuous path of light with impeccable geometry is made by the sunlight down the central aisle of the nave .

It leads to the altar itself bathed in sunlight.
The entire Basilica is radiant, glowing.

We recommend that you do not visit on June 21 to see the summer solstice sun path because of the large numbers of visitors.
Come before or after the weekend of 20 and 21: lThe sun path is visible throughout the month of June.

Practical details

Duration : 1h45,
13:30 p.m .: meeting at the Visitor's House
Rates per person : Adults: 13 €, 12-24 years: 10 €, 6-12 years: 7 €
Groups: € 12 / pers. School: € 9 / pers. Children 6-12 years: 6 € / pers.


Visits open to all: see calendar below.
For groups and scholars dates and times on request, minimum package of 130 €.
Contact: + 33 (0) 3 86 32 35 65

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