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Vézelay Abbey (Template:Lang-fr) is a Benedictine and Cluniac monastery in Vézelay in the east-central French department of Yonne. The Benedictine abbey church, now the Basilica of Sainte-Marie-Madeleine (Saint Mary Magdalene), with its complex program of imagery in sculpted capitals and portals, is one of the outstanding masterpieces of Burgundian Romanesque art and architecture. Sacked by the Huguenots in 1569, the building suffered neglect in the 17th and the 18th centuries and some further damage during the period of the French Revolution.

The church and hill at Vézelay were added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1979.

Alleged relics of Mary Magdalene can be seen inside the Basilica.




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