Vézelay – basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine
This Basilica has been a major starting point for pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela since the Middle Ages. The building was saved from ruin by Viollet le Duc in the 19th century. Listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage building 30 years ago, it is a masterpiece of Burgundian Romanesque art, famed as much for its architecture as its tympanum and its capitals.
Avallon – collégiale Saint-Lazare
This 11th and 12th century Romanesque collegiate church is a brilliant example of the art of stone masonry at the end of the Romanesque period: its astounding doorways are profusely decorated with sculptures of the signs of the zodiac mingled with vine leaves.
Asquins – église Saint-Jacques
Declared as starting point of the mediaeval route from Vézelay to Santiago de Compostela by UNESCO, the Asquins church is perched on a rocky mound in an enchanting site in the heart of the village, with an extraordinary view of the Basilica.
Saint-Père – église Notre-Dame
This miniature cathedral was built between the 13th and 15th centuries in devotion to the Virgin Mary. Its extraordinary narthex and façade which represents the Last Judgment and its fifty metre high steeple with angels blowing horns are all jewels of gothic Burgundian art.