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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  • This replica of the first monastery in Cluny (nearby, but destroyed) is worth visiting, incl. garden.  more »
  • Nice and rather sophisticated Roman architecture worth a quick look. The cloister next door is also pleasant for s stroll. For the rest it's just a church, as a fee thousands other ones, not much to s...  more »
  • The basilica is completely renovated as well as the setting and environment. Not only the church itself, but also the town is worth a visit. It used to be a stopover for pelgrims on their way to Compo...  more »
  • 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.
  • 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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  • Beautiful place to visit. There are many facilities to relax by the provinces, the atmosphere is just great. Tip, also visit the small neighborhoods of the city at night, the lighting gives a whole new meaning.
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  • Wonderful Cluniac site. The Basilica, Chapel of the apparitions, the Park are to be seen.
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