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Basilica of Mary Magdalene, Vézelay, Burgundy, France. | by Grangeburn
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Basilica of Mary Magdalene, Vézelay, Burgundy, France.

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux preached in the Abbey of Vézelay in favour of a second crusade at Easter 1146, in front of King Louis VII of France and it was from here that the 2nd Crusade left for the Holy Land a short time later. Philip II of France met Richard I (The Lion Heart) of England here and spent three months at the Abbey in 1190 before leaving for the Third Crusade. Saint Thomas á Becket in exile, chose Vézelay for his Whitsunday sermon in 1166, announcing the excommunication of the main supporters of his English King, Henry II, and threatening the King with excommunication too.

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Taken on September 7, 2011