Visits to solstices

basilica vezelay summer solstice

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.

Visit to the summer solstice

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 splashed with light. The entire Basilica shines.
NB 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.

Calendar of visits and reservations

Visit to the winter solstice

At the winter solstice, the basilica offers a sumptuous receptacle to the glowing light of the sun. Its beams radiate between the pillars on the pavement of the alleys and illuminate certain capitals like spots. On cloudy days, the stones seem to radiate from the inside with their shades of ocher and opal.

In order to 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. Read more. Dates and times at our facebook page

Duration: 1h45
individual : 12 € 50, reduced 10 €, school 8 €, 6 to 12 years 6 € - rreservations and online ticketing
: 11 € 50, school 8 € - contact us : + 33 (0) 3 86 32 35 65,

The basilica of Vézelay around the winter solstice

AN ESSENTIAL "If you plan to visit the Basilica of Vezelay, go first to the Visitor's House. You will receive all the information to prepare your visit and make the most of the basilica moreMalmédy, Belgium

INDISPENSABLE to understand the Light of VEZELAY "A wonderful welcome by Véronique and Christopher, passionate people who know how to transmit the love of this magical and sacred place ..." Sylvie, Culture in Freedom

EXCEPTIONAL "The visit is fascinating and the way it is done so successful. The goal of instructing the visitor on the secrets of the magnificent basilica of Vézelay is more than achieved. Bravo" UL