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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.By using our Paray Le Monial trip itinerary maker, you can arrange your visit to Basilica of Paray-le-Monial and other attractions in Paray Le Monial.
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Le remarquable narthex de cette basilique clunisienne est surmonté de deux tours romanes dissemblables, stigmate d'un siècle séparant leur édification. Un remarquable Christ en gloire pantocrator sièg... read more »The remarkable narthex of this Cluniac Basilica is surmounted by two dissimilar Romanesque towers, stigma of a century between their building. A remarkable Christ in glory pantocrator sits at the bottom of the main apse, and the characteristic counting of Cluny reform is punctuated by 3 couple of towering columns. Forced witness of the roman style.show original
Un arrêt étape au départ mais une très jolie ville à visiter: basilique, centre ville. J'y retournerai et descndrai dans le même hôtel : hôtel de la gare très calme et très accueillant.A stop step at first, but a very nice city to visit: Basilica, downtown. I will return and descndrai in the same hotel: the hotel very quiet and very welcoming.show original
la visite de la partie religieuse de la ville est très agréable et calme malgré le nombre de visiteurs.the visit of the religious part of the city is very nice and quiet despite the number of visitors.show original
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