The Basilique Ste-Madeleine
(Basilica Church of St. Mary Magdalene) in Vézelay
is the largest
Romanesque church in France and only 10 yards shorter than the Notre-Dame Cathedral
in Paris. As it claimed to guard the relics of St. Mary Magdalen, Vézelay was a major medieval pilgrimage destination. It also saw the launch of the Second and Third Crusades.
Vézelay's history began in 860 AD
, when the hilltop site was donated for the purposes of a monastery by Gerard, Count of Roussillon … [More]