Via Lucis Photography

There are sights impossible to forget: the first glimpse of your child, or the look on the face of a your beloved at a moment of perfect happiness. My first sight of VĂ©zelay was such a moment of perfection for me, a small medieval town clustered on a steep hill with a single narrow road winding its way to the top of the rise where stands the Basilica of Mary Magdalene. It must have always been this impressive, especially to the pilgrim throngs wending their way to the church. During the Middle Ages, this basilica was the starting point for one of the four main routes from France to Santiago de Compostella. So famous were the relics of Mary Magdalene enshrined here that the church was the site of its own pilgrimage and the monks who brought the relics from Provence were celebrated.

On Easter Sunday 1146, on the great…

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