Take advantage of your stay in Vézelay to discover the many cultural places of the Morvan
Musée d’art contemporain Zervos: it houses the finest pieces from the collection bequeathed to the city of Vézelay by Christian Zervos, an eclectic collection of modern art including small sculptures but also an imposing cast iron relief by Henri Laurens, works by Pablo Picasso and Julio González, Fernand Léger’s first mural.
Rencontres musicales de Vézelay: four days and around ten concerts traditionally focused on sacred music, in the exceptional setting of the Basilica of Sainte-Marie-Madeleine.
Château de Bazoches: built in the 12th century, it has a trapezoidal architecture made up of four towers and a dungeon surrounding an interior courtyard. From the towers, we discover the first reliefs of the Morvan to the south of Avallon.
Château de Chastellux: in the heart of the Morvan, on a rocky peak overlooking the Cure, visit this castle, which was built in the 11th century. Travel back through the history of France in this site listed as a Historic Monument.
Abbaye de Fontenay: one of the oldest Cistercian monasteries in Europe; Founded in 1118, the abbey has survived the centuries without time altering its Romanesque architecture.
Maison Jules-Roy: Jules Roy’s office is preserved as the writer, who died in 2000, left it. Visitors find the atmosphere of work and memories where his last works were born.
La maison du visiteur: The Visitor’s House is an essential stop on the way to the Basilica to understand what makes this high place so exceptional. Through a film and a workshop led by the guides, schoolchildren discover the art and secrets of the builders who erected it more than 900 years ago.
A wine-growing region since Gallo-Roman times Vézelay now has around a hundred hectares of 100% Chardonnay vines, and obtained the AOC and AOP Vézelay label in 2017. A host of winegrowers offer tastings and tours of their estates. Do not miss !