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  • Vézelay : via Lemovicensis

    The route of Vézelay constitutes a route crossroads of pilgrims coming from the north and the east. The relics of Saint Mary Magdalene attracted many pilgrims in the middle of the eleventh century and made the town of Vézelay a path on the Via Lemovicensis.

    Vézelay and the Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalean, as well as the Santiago's church of Asquins have been registered with UNESCO since 1998 on the roads to Santiago de Compostela in France.

  • A little history


    Depending on his starting place, the pilgrim on the way to Saint Jacques de Compostela (Spain)  had  four roads and four assembly points he could choose from : Paris / Tours, Vézelay, Le Puy-en-Velay and Arles.

    From Vézelay, two routes were open to pilgrims, one towards Bourges, via La Charité-sur-Loire, and one towards Nèvers. Both routes came together again  in Gargilesse, just before arriving in the Creuse. Vézelay and the Abbey prospered considerably from the growth of the number of pilgrims at the beginning of the eleventh century,  forcing the village to provide them with  accommodation, in some cases even villagers’ cellars were converted.

    At two kilometers from Vézelay, in Asquins, there is a reception point for pilgrims, especially on horseback. The monk Aimery Picaud would have resided there to write the first "Guide of the Pilgrim" (about 1135). The church of Asquins, dedicated to Saint-Jacques, retains a reliquary bust of the polychrome wooden saint (XVIth century) as well as a nineteenth-century stained-glass window depicting Saint-Jacques in pilgrim's dress.

    To the east of Vézelay, the "Croix Montjoie" in stone, marks the place where the pilgrim discovered the basilica of the Madeleine.

  • Accommodations and transports on the way


    You need an accommodation on the way to Santiago?

    ACCOMMODATION FROM VEZELAY TO NEVERS
    ACCOMMODATION FROM VEZELAY TO LA CHARITE-SUR-LOIRE (way of Bourges)

    You need to reach Vézelay by public transport from Nevers, La Charité-sur-Loire or Bourges?
    See the practical information Santiago way from Vézelay by public transports
  • 3 days hiking on the way to Santiago

    Download the description of the route as well as the stops and accommodations.
    This walk buckle is a suggestion, organize it yourself.
  • Reception and accomodation for pilgrims in Vézelay


    SAINT MAGDALENA CENTER

    26, rue Saint-Pierre - 89450 Vézelay

    Tél. +33 (0)3.86.33.22.14
    centre.saintemadeleine@orange.fr
    Same coordinates for the three pilgrim's accomodation (Saint Magdalena Center, Maison Saint Bernard and Maison Béthanie)
    Pilgrim accommodation: highly recommended booking



    Permanence of reception:

    No welcome on Monday and Sunday
    - Tuesday to Friday: 9.am to noon and 2.30.pm to 5.pm
    - Saturday: from 10.am to noon
  • Practical information

    Contact the Association of Friends and Pilgrims of Santiago of the Way of Vézelay
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    1. ASSOCIATION DES AMIS ET PELERINS DE SAINT JACQUES DE LA VOIE DE VEZELAY

      The Friends and Pilgrims of Saint Jacques of the way of Vézelay promotes pilgrimage to Vézelay route, ensures the markup path, welcomes pilgrims in shelters and Vézelay.
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