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August 19th 2012
Published: August 19th 2012
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On Thursday we drove to Cluny to see the Cluny Abbey, or what’s left of it. The Abbey church was the largest church in Christendom up to the 16th century, only to be surpassed by Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. All that remains of the church now is the south transept, the cloisters, part of the south wall and part of the entry portal. From the height of the nave and the footprint of the abbey church, we could visualise the immenseness of this church. On Friday, we drove to Vezelay. On the way we stopped at Autun for a couple of hours. We visited the Cathedral and the remains of a Roman amphitheatre. We then proceeded on and arrived at Vezelay. Vezelay is dominated by the Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene, where her relics are displayed. There is also a monastic order of men and women who occupy the site. We were fortunate to attend vespers and lauds the next day. Their singing took us to another place. The village of Vezelay is all located on one street, which leads to the Basilica. The Basilica is about 12th or 13thcentury.

Today, Sunday, we are at the airport to catch our flight to Santorini, to begin our Grecian experience. Au revior France.


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