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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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silvymooAugust 17, 2017
Bellissima, ben conservata. Rende perfettamente l'idea di come avrebbe potuto essere Cluny. Tutto è pervaso da un'aria di pace. more »Beautiful, well preserved. Makes it perfectly the idea of how he might be Cluny. Everything is pervaded by an air of peace.
tametomAugust 14, 2017
La basilique est magnifique est change de visage au gré de la météo. L'intérieur inspire la quiétude et le recueillement même pour les non pratiquants. Je vous conseille de l'admirer en fin de journée... more »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
fausto297August 12, 2017
Si arriva in questa cittadina persa nel mezzo della campagna e ci si trova di fronte a questa bellissima chiesa romanica. Non ho ancora capito se è ben conservata oppure se è stata rifatta dopo la riv... more »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.
Erica EntwistleJune 6, 2017
Beautiful church, whole area is clean and peaceful. Lived it and would go back to spend more time again.
Rob HaansJanuary 25, 2016
One of the most beautiful roman churches in the area.
Palmino paolucciAugust 30, 2017Very interesting. Well maintained. Good welcome famigliebe groups
Catherine LeiberJuly 12, 2017The 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!
Martial VanierAugust 18, 2017The 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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