L'Or des Etoiles            Guide sentimental (suite)

 


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VEZELAY

LIVRES

LES ECRIVAINS

LIENS


Today, one goes to Vézelay as towards a star.

For this to happen, Vézelay, already so unique on account of its geographical situation which makes it a sort of promontory pointing towards the skyVézelay had to receive something of great importance, and the veneration of the god who took possession of it had to have a marvel of a temple. That was not enough.

Kings had also to kneel in front of a woman, symbol of love, and that woman had to be the first witness of Christ's resurrection. Immense demonstrations of religious faith, close to fanaticism, had to find here the sign of the word which sent them blindly towards the East, to liberate Christ's tomb from the hands of the Infidels.

Abbeys, bishops, Counts of Nevers and Autun had to quarrel and tear one another apart here, Popes had to arbitrate conflicts and authenticate relics.An uncontrollable impetus had to push crowds towards the remains of this

woman, and what a woman! One of the most beautiful love-givers in all human history, but on whom monks have bestowed a severe look.

Hatred, and deadly jealousies, had to exist between denominations of the saine faith ; blood had to be shed in the streets of Vézelay. People had to slay one another, the town had to be conquered and reconquered duringWars of Religion. People had to be massacred there, and had to dream of a republic. The abbey-church was saved from destruction, during the Revolution, by becoming the temple of Reason, andVézelay ahnost fell into ruin until the 19th century, when a famous writer and an architect of genius rescued it from darkness.

                                          Let's move on.


Here isVézelay resurrected. Here is Lazarus rising from his tomb.
Here are the crowds taken in once again by the magic.

                         Here is a star shining overVézelay.


...........discovered of Vézelay through the text and photography

Postface of Lorant Hecquet
Photographs by Gérald

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