Visits to solstices

The summer and winter rendezvous in the Basilica.

The Basilica of Vézelay was built in close relationship with the race of the sun. She is inhabited by the light. His dance with stones, unique in the world, culminates in the solstices of winter and summer. We take you these days in the Basilica to live an unforgettable experience. Finally at the Visitor's House, around the models, the guide will explain the craftsmanship of the craftsmen and the symbolism of the play of light desired by the builders.

Visit to the winter solstice

The Basilica of St. Mary Magdalene at the Winter Solstice

At the winter solstice, the basilica offers itself as a sumptuous receptacle to the glowing light of the sun. Its beams illuminate pillars, slabs and capitals with the precision of a theater projector.
On cloudy days, the stones seem to radiate from the inside with their shades of ocher and opal.

While walking in the abbey with our guide, you will discover the news of the words deposited in the stone and you will see how the cutters of these stones played with the shade and the light to carve by creating the harmony of the volumes ...

Visit to the summer solstice of the Basilica of Vézelay

visits to the solstices of the Sainte Marie Madeleine Basilica

At the solstice of Saint-Jean, in the glory of summer, the sun draws in the central aisle of the nave a sumptuous path of light with impeccable geometry.

He leads to the altar bathed in sunshine.

The entire Basilica shines.

We do not recommend coming the 21 June to see the light path of the summer solstice because of the influx of visitors. The path of light is visible throughout the month of June.

In practice

Duration : 1h45, go to 13h30 at the Visitor's House
Rates : Adults: 12 € 50 / pers. Reduced: 10 € / pers. Groups: 11 € 50 / pers. School: 8 € / pers. Children 6-12 years: 6 € / pers.


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

Teachers, visit our page dedicated to school: The schoolchildren in Vézelay: "a heritage to live".

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