Immersive visit of the Basilica of Vézelay

Experience your visit to the Basilica of Vézelay in two stages: at the Visitor's House then in the Basilica.

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… at the Visitor’s House: the Basilica unveiled

Receive the keys for entering into the Romanesque world...

See the extraordinary interplay of light and stone for which the Basilica is famous, and that can only be seen at certain times of the year. Thanks to the film « In the shadow of light » you can see them the day you visit. which are only visible on certain days in the Basilica.

In the symbols room discover the builders’ techniques and know-how, how and why they created a solar temple. with the builders' reference tools, the plan and 3D model.

If you wish to continue in the Basilica without our guide, leave with our road map and Visit the Basilica differently !.

… in the Basilica

Our guide can also accompany you for an immersive visit in the Basilica. Together you will read the famous Great Tympanum recently restored and one or more sculpted capitals. There are 150!

You will have a sensitive experience of two architectures, Romanesque and Gothic, gathered here in a unique way ...
you will take the time to feel in situ the silence, the space, the light...

Practical details

Duration : 1h15 to 2h00
Rates per person :
- The Visitor Centre tour : Adults €10 / groups €9 / 13-24 years old, pilgrims and job seekers €7 / 7-12 years old €6
- Option In the Basilica : €5.00
To groups and scholars dates and times on request.
Contact: + 33 (0) 3 86 32 35 65 -

Dutch and/or English visits every Wednesday until August 14th, then again 11 September to 2 October 2024.


Opinion on the visit of the Basilica of Vézelay with the Visitor's House

We followed the animation entitled “The basilica unveiled”. Projection of a 20-minute film showing the play of light in the basilica at different times of the year. Then, an exciting oral presentation on the architectural principles that made it possible to build a Romanesque basilica where light marks religious symbols on different Christian holidays. Very didactic and very concrete presentation absolutely fascinating. An excellent preliminary to an “enlightened” visit to the basilica. I highly recommend this high quality presentation.


Unforgettable experience. Not only is the basilica remarkable, but the visit is orchestrated with talent. Do not miss, before or after the visit, the presentation of the model, at the office of the Visitor's House, nor the magic film on the great tympanum. The pleasure of visiting the basilica will be all the greater and your memories richer. In addition, the welcome from the team is very warm; a passionate and exciting team. Thank you all!