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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  • Very beautiful Basilica or j made a pilgrimage as a child. She is pretty and full of charm and it is always a pleasure to watch!
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  • Beautiful place to see at night. Do not miss the Garden located behind the Church, the cloister Park and the large park located on the other side of the river.
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  • Neighbouring bridges, the view of the Basilica is the most beautiful view of Paray. The Basilica is a jewel of Romanesque art. A very nice place to visit, a very nice place to take a time of prayer.
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  • One of the most beautiful roman churches in the area.
  • 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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  • Beautiful places to the architectural and spiritual level. Perfect home.
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  • Beautiful place of contemplation and prayers to the CŒUR 💕 of Burgundy
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  • Beautiful architectural complex. Very inspiring place.
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