Vézelay Abbey (Basilique Ste-Madeleine)
(Basilica Church of St. Mary Magdalene)
11th century ; 12th century ; 13th century ; 19th century
Interior view: North Aisle. Looking towards the west end of the church. Building dates between 1096 and 1215. The apse and choir were badly damaged by fire in 1165 and were replaced, in a Gothic style, between 1185 and 1215. The crosses on the wall were carried during the Crusade of Peace (1946) a pilgrimage of reconciliation by French and German churches at the end of WW2. Links with German churches persist to this day and the crosses are also a tourist attraction. The church, itself, sits at the top of a hillside village which is a hugely popular tourist destination.
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Christian art and symbolism
Architecture -- France
Church architecture -- France
Architecture -- 1100-1200
Relief (Sculpture), French
Decoration and ornament, Architectural
Architecture -- 1200-1300