(active 1120-1146 in Burgundy)

Interior view

Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, Vézelay (Yonne)

The monastery of Sainte-Marie-Madeleine was founded in 858. In 1104 the eastern part of the Carolingian structure was replaced with a new structure, followed in 1120 by the nave which still stands today.

In the nave cross-shaped piers with engaged columns on all four sides carry the underarch supports of the arcades and the transverse arches of the vaulting. The church is groin-vaulted in both the nave and the aisles. Because of the bigger windows the interior is considerably brighter than with barrel vaulted naves.

The photo shows the nave looking eastwards with Gothic choir.

View the ground plan of Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, Vézelay.

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