28 days after leaving Holland for my destination Santiago de Compostela, I arrived at Vezelay. 772 km walking alone....thinking...wandering...enjoying.
As a real atheist:)...I visited the service at the chapel 3 times…to listen to the beautiful "chante de Vezelay".....to be silent and to film some special moments.
Vézelay's hilltop location has made it an obvious site for a town since ancient times. In the 9th century the Benedictines were given land to build a monastery. According to legend, not long before the end of the first millennium a monk named Baudillon brought relics (bones) of Mary Magdalene to Vézelay from Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume.
Vézelay Abbey is also a major starting point for pilgrims on the Way of St. James to Santiago de Compostela, one of the most important of all medieval pilgrimage centres.