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France, Vezelay, Church and Hill

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Location Department of Yonne, Bourgogne Region, France
Coordinates N47 27 59 E3 44 54
Property 183 ha
Date of Inscription 1979

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/84 )

Shortly after its foundation in the 9th century, the Benedictine abbey of Vézelay acquired the relics of St Mary Magdalene and since then it has been an important place of pilgrimage. St Bernard preached the Second Crusade there in 1146 and Richard the Lion-Hearted and Philip II Augustus met there to leave for the Third Crusade in 1190. With its sculpted capitals and portal, the Madeleine of Vézelay – a 12th-century monastic church – is a masterpiece of Burgundian Romanesque art and architecture.

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