The basillica has a crypt underneath that houses the relics of Mary Magdalene. It was said that a travelling monk brought them to Vèzelay.
Mel also got a rosary for her mother as a gift from the abbey and blessed it with the holy water.
We stayed at Centre Ste-Madeleine (phone: +33 (0)3 86 33 22 14) on rue St-Pierre. The hostel has just been recently renovated and restored. It still remains a basic 38-room hostel run by the Franciscan monks and nuns. Check-in at 16:00 (4 PM) and is approximately €36 for a double occupancy room. You are expected to tidy the room before check-out. There is a wonderful kitchen and socializing lounge in the hostel where you may cook your meals and meet other pilgrims or visitors.