School in Vézelay2018-10-24T17:10:26+00:00

Schoolchildren in Vézelay: "a heritage to live"

Pedagogy for schools in Vézelay according to their level

At the Visitor's House

  • The visit for the students of CE1 and CE2. Duration about 40 minutes.
    Landmarks in space and time: the cellar with its models is quite suitable for a first approach to architecture, each named element is in relation with their experience of living in a particular place and environment. The notion of time is induced by the story told to them. The evocation of artisans and the discovery of their tools to measure allows children to better identify with the gestures of the builders. In this formula there is no notebook of the visitor. Indeed, this part presenting simple landmarks to walk by step in the Basilica, will give teachers and other adults specific ways to accompany the discovery of children in the building.
  • The visit for the students of CM1 and CM2. Duration about 50 minutes.
    The entire contents of the cellar to the models introduced to the discovery of architecture and the symbolism of its spaces. It also invites to be in the story. Finally, it is an awakening to the question of light and its meaning in the building.
    The slide show that highlights the work of the sculptors and the games of the sun with the stone raises the eyes and prepares students and their companions to walk around the building with landmarks.

In the Basilica

  • that to say the teachers accompany their students in the Basilica of Vézelay,
  • that to say the guide (s) of the House accompanies the students in the Basilica of Vézelay according to a route that leaves room for sensitive experience and silence. He encourages personal involvement in the discovery of space and sculpture. Duration: about 45 minutes The Visitor's House is in charge of the reservation of the passage of the group in the Basilica,
  • that to say each student receives a visitor's notebook to support an active and personal discovery of the Basilica, helped by the teacher. The visitor's notebook contains a plan-circuit of the interior of the place, a questionnaire that accompanies the path in the building, a marquee to discover, a space to draw or write. The notebook, very suitable for CM1 and CM2 students, also serves as a support for the exchange between students and teachers after the visit.

Before or after the visit

  • Before the visit to the Visitor's House students begin their discovery of Vézelay by a historic march along the ramparts on the road to Compostela then enter the medieval city via the "new door" fortified with the guide (s) of the House. Duration about 40 mins.
  • After the visit the students will experience to draw in the basilica. This proposal is possible for CM1 and CM2 Duration about 2h.

Primary, day in Vézelay and basilica 2018

For classes of 5ème who have the medieval world in the program of the year, the visit of Vézelay is particularly instructive.

At the Visitor's House

  • A time to see better, to marvel - 35 mn
    After the passage of the symbolic door, the guide introduces the students to the world of Vézelay in the projection room. The audiovisual "In the shade of light" is an awakening of the gaze and sensitivity that predisposes the student to appreciate the work of the builders.
  • A time to understand - 35mn
    In the cellar the guide in "master of work" presents the work of the builders:
    . A large format plan of the basilica makes it possible to understand the role and meaning of spaces as well as the steps and techniques of construction.
    . A model of 1,20 m long and a play of lighting restoring the annual trajectory of the sun above the basilica, allows to introduce the pupils to the symbolic approach of the light and to understand the importance that the builders have him allowed.
    . Marquees within reach are the means to enter together into a story and its interpretations.

In the Basilica

  • that to say le(S) guide(S) of the House accompanies(nt) students in the Basilique de Vézelay according to a route that leaves room for sensitive experience and silence. He encourages personal involvement in the discovery of space and sculpture. Duration: about 45 minutes. The Visitor's House is responsible for the reservation of the group's tour schedule in the basilica.
  • that to say each student receives a visitor's notebook to support an active and personal discovery of the Basilica de Vézelay, helped by their teachers. The visitor's notebook contains a plan-circuit of the interior of the place, a questionnaire that accompanies the path in the building, a marquee to discover, a space to draw or write. The notebook also serves as a support for the exchange between students and teachers after the visit,
  • that to say the teachers accompany their pupils in the Basilica of Vézelay.

Before or after the visit

  • before: The History Themed Walk
    Walk in the footsteps of pilgrims by evoking the great figures of the history of this medieval city. A way to make contact with the place in a lively and natural way. The historic march in the footsteps of pilgrims
  • after: The Look Workshop
    Preparation for the Visitor's House then in the Basilica, pencils in hand, go to meet the builders and let yourself be inspired by the beautiful work. The Look Workshop

Collegians, day in Vézelay and Basilique 2018

The worlds of young people today, often saturated with images and noises, leave little room for silence, interiority, coherence. In this sense, the discovery of Vézelay is a privileged experience which predisposes everyone to the recognition of universal laws which are rooted in the experience of being a man, to become it fully.

À The Visitor's House - duration 1h15

Stop on the way to the Basilique de Vézelayto understand why this high place is so exceptional, through a film and a workshop led by our guides a discovery of the art and secrets of the builders who erected the basilica more than 900 years ago ...

  • The film
    In the projection room, "In the shadow of the Light" reveals through architecture and sculpture the exceptional encounter between stone and light.
  • The Workshop
    A model reproduces the race of the sun on the basilica of Vézelay and allows to appreciate how, and why, the monks builders created plays of light inside the abbey.
    The commented reading of the Vézelay basilica plan offers historical, technical and symbolic references that help to walk in this stone vessel.
    Chapiteaux reproduced within easy reach invite you to read the carved images in their original context and listen to their timeless messages.

In the Basilica

Following the visit to the Visitor's House

  • that to say le(S) guide(S) of the House accompany young people in the Basilica of Vézelay according to a route that leaves room for sensitive experience and silence. He encourages personal involvement in the discovery of space and sculpture. Duration: about 45 minutes The Visitor's House is in charge of the reservation of the passage of the group in the Basilica,
  • that to say the teachers accompany their young people in the Basilique de Vézelay.

Before or after the visit

Several options can be organized around the visit that complement and enrich the experience of young people ...

  • before: The History Themed Walk - Duration 1h45
    Walk in the footsteps of pilgrims by evoking the great figures of the history of this medieval city. A way to make contact with the place in a lively and natural way. The historic march in the footsteps of pilgrims
  • after: The Look Workshop - Duration 2h15
    Preparation for the Visitor's House then in the Basilica, pencils in hand, go to meet the builders and let yourself be inspired by the beautiful work. The Look Workshop
  • after: The Marquee Reading Workshop - Duration 2h15
    What are these stones still telling us in the Basilica to us in the XXIe century? A reading to make links to the present and enlighten those who want to go further. The Marquee Reading Workshop
  • after: The Word Workshop - Duration 2h
    Each young person is invited to express orally in front of others the fruit of his arrival in Vézelay. Prior to his intervention, a preparation is proposed to him via the theatrical experience, to discover the requirement of a word that has authority.

A day in Vézelay for high school students

Two days in Vézelay for high school students

Information and reservations

Tél: + 33 (0) 3 86 32 35 65 E-Mail maisonduvisiteur@orange.fr Contact form

It is possible to picnic in the park at the bedside of the Basilica with panoramic views on the natural park of Morvan, (in case of rain the City Council puts at disposal the party hall - reservation with the Town hall)

Catering for school groups in Vézelay

School group menus

The Bakery of Vézelay Packed lunch boxes from 5,20 € per person, Philippe Miané: 03 86 33 23 64 philippe.miane@gmail.com
The Auberge de la Coquille Starter, main course, dessert from 11 € per person Antoine Binet: 03 86 33 35 57 lacoquille0466@orange.fr
www.coquille-vezelay.com
La Dent Creuse Starter, main course, dessert from 15 € per person Ian Cousin: 03 86 33 36 33 ladentcreuse@restaurant-vezelay.fr
www.restaurant-vezelay.fr

Accommodation

in Vézelay
Center SteMadeleine (32p), House StBernard (37p), Youth Hostel (32p)
near
Gîte de Montigny (43p) at 13 km, the Lake Sauvin Visitor Center (105p) at 12
km, the Domaine de Surgy (50 p) to 25 km, the VVF Chatel-Censoir (210 p) to 15 km ...
Information Vézelay Tourist Office 03 86 33 23 63 www.vezelaytourisme.com

EXTRACTS FROM THE GOLDEN BOOK

Hello Miss, Sir,
A word to say how much we enjoyed our visit to the Visitor's House! Children (and adults!) Have found all the information provided very interesting; and many things remained in their minds. You knew how to put yourself within reach ... And the fact that you agreed to split the group made things very pleasant. And then we have new ideas for our trip next year ... Thanks again, Sincerely, Pascale Astigarraga, Jeanne d'Arc Franconville College

Hello, thank you. Students and adults enjoyed the visit very much. You are pedagogues and very interesting. We were really pleased with the visit. I would strongly advise my entourage and my colleagues to come and see you ... Sincerely, Mathilde Faivre, Central Elementary School