Basilica of Paray-le-Monial, Paray Le Monial

#7 of 26 in Historic Sites in Saone-et-Loire
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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  • August 17, 2017
    Beautiful, well preserved. Makes it perfectly the idea of how he might be Cluny. Everything is pervaded by an air of peace.
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  • August 14, 2017
    The Basilica's beautiful face as the weather changes. The Interior inspires peace and recollection even for non participants. I advise you to admire it in the late afternoon to sunset that illuminates
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  • August 12, 2017
    You arrive in this town lost in the middle of the campaign and we are located opposite this beautiful Romanesque church. I still don't know if it is well preserved or rebuilt after the revolution-crack from the usual Violet Le Duc, though the effect is one that takes your breath away because it's really an example of architecture of the year 1000.
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  • June 6, 2017
    Beautiful church, whole area is clean and peaceful. Lived it and would go back to spend more time again.
  • January 25, 2016
    One of the most beautiful roman churches in the area.
  • August 30, 2017
    Very interesting. Well maintained. Good welcome famigliebe groups
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  • July 12, 2017
    The Basilica is beautiful. We must also see the chapel of the Visitation. Summer sessions run by the Emmanuel community: time of healing and prayer. Worth the trip!
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  • August 18, 2017
    The town of Paray le Monial is a must see, rich and ancient architecture. High place of the path of Saint Jacques de Compostelle
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