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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  • a large and very quiet place in this season, the place all around well-appointed summer since our last visit of 2011
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  • The Basilica is already very beautiful from the outside, but inside, clear stones and the stained glass windows illuminate this place.
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  • The Romanesque Basilica of currents, is majestic. It's in the nineteenth century (1875) it will be placed under the rubric of the "Sacred Heart", beautiful full image of what was Cluny, but smaller: admire: - the three naves (against five in Cluny), - simple (and not double) transept, - avant-nef, - the extensions tiered of the bedside-the arches... "" In fact, during his consecration in 977, the "Basilica of the Sacred Heart", Church of the Priory our Lady of currents had been placed under the name of "Saint Sauveur", of the "Virgin Mary" and "St. John the Baptist". Take time to admire it, both inside and outside. It is a marvel, charged of history and faith. If you are a Christian, stop you at the chapel of the Blessed Sacrament... Come! ... Love! ... Jesus awaits you!
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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.
  • Beautiful quiet and peaceful village! Place of pilgrimage to learn more about the devotion which sent Jesus to Santa Margarita María de Alacoque on his sacred heart!
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  • Palinges is really worth a visit: the Basilica is beautiful and gives more a real (but smaller) idea of what had to be the "Maior Ecclesia", Cluny 3, which remains more than a few ruins in Cluny (besides it's maybe good to go first to Cluny to get a general idea of a clunisian history). But the rest of the town is magnificent and beautifully put in value.
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  • Just too well... sessions with Christ at the top!
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