Basilica of Paray-le-Monial, Paray Le Monial

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The Basilica of Paray-le-Monial is a Romanesque church in Paray-le-Monial, Bourgogne, eastern France. Built from the 12th century, on the site of a 10th-century monastery founded by count Lambert of Chalon, it was a small-scale version of the Abbey of Cluny. It was completed in the 14th century, although some sections were added in the 18th century or renovated in the 19th century. As a priory, it was under the authority of Cluny and was a popular pilgrimage site.DescriptionThe church has a rather short nave and two aisles, crossed by a single-nave transept. The choir includes a semicircular apse with an ambulatory, and three radial chapels. The edifice has an overall length of 63.5 meters, including the vestibule and the eastern chapel, and a width of 22.35 m.The nave (which is 22 m tall) and the aisles are covered by ogival barrel vaults, with, internally, the use of different height levels which was typical of Romanesque architecture. It has pre-Gothic pillars, a blind tribune and a clerestory with small windows. The capitals of the columns are generally decorated with vegetable motifs, although some feature depictions of animals or other figures. The choir houses a 14th-century fresco, rediscovered in 1935.The exterior has a sober appearance, with massive walls. The few decorations include the portal of the transept's left arm, with flower and geometrical motifs. The crossing is surmounted by a tower with an elevation of 56 m; two smaller towers are also at the sides of the main facade.
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  • Architecturally interesting monument. The outside is more worked inside, all remaining sober and effective. The secondary door is probably the most interesting, very detailed element. The cloister and the park adjacent beautify all and enrich the site visit, although the latter is flirting with bigotry.
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  • Beautiful architecture for this iconic landmark of the city. To discover also night for the superb outdoor illumination, which he investigated.
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  • A nice visit to Paray Le Monial, although I more enjoyed the Basilica of colonial mid-novel inside outside. Of beautiful landscaping clean and pleasant. The cloister, the garden are pretty.
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  • Beautiful church, whole area is clean and peaceful. Lived it and would go back to spend more time again.
  • One of the most beautiful roman churches in the area.
  • Old Abbey. Great building from Romanesque with Gothic elements. Together with a walk through the old town (Renaissance City Hall!) detour value.
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  • Very interesting. Well maintained. Good welcome famigliebe groups
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  • Ancient basilica, well maintained and renovated certain religious activity in the history but no architectural revelation
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