Burgundy Travel Guide

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Free Things To Do in Burgundy

Looking for free things to do? Here's our ranking of the best free activities in Burgundy. Popular attractions include Cathédrale Saint-Lazare d'Autunand La Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine .
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    Things to do in Burgundy
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    #1 in Burgundy
    Churches/Religious Sites, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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    Churches/Religious Sites, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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    The Cathédrale Saint-Lazare d'Autun, also known as the Autun Cathedral, was built in the 12th century as a Roman Catholic cathedral and storehouse of the relics of St. Lazarus. Of particular note are the works of art, including a tympanum of "The Last Judgement." The iconic sculptures, carved by Gislebertus in the Romanesque style, are equally engaging. 

    Recent visitors said the Cathédrale Saint-Lazare d'Autun stands out among European cathedrals for its architecture and art. Along with the tympanum, travelers also appreciated the cathedral's stained glass and the way the cathedral continues to be used by the Autun community. 

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    La Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine
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    #6 in Burgundy
    Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    La Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, also known as the Vézelay Abbey, dates back to the 9th and 10th centuries – and throughout the years, has experienced a host of tumultuous events from its hilltop perch. From two separate fires in the 12th century to destruction by the Huguenots in the 15th century, the basilica was also the site from which Thomas Becket issued his condemnation of Henry II from exile and where meetings from the crusades took place. In 1979, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Today, it hosts religious services and is open for the public to enjoy. 

    Recent visitors praised La Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine's serene and even inspirational atmosphere. Others said that the view from the terrace is what justifies the steep uphill climb to the site. 

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