Marvelling at Paray-le-Monial


Basilique de Paray-le-Monial


The Sacred Heart Basilica, a reduced-scale replica of the Cluny Abbey as built. The balance and harmony of its proportions are especially apparent in the layout of the apse, highlighting the underlying multilayered architecture. A sight to behold for any art history lover!
A dazzling testimonial to the genius of Cluny-period builders, the Paray basilica today honours the fervour exhibited by pilgrims who gather here from the world over.


Romanesque Trails



Paray-le-Monial, sur les chemins du roman

Following the Romanesque Trails departing from Paray-le-Monial is a guarantee to visiting some 100 well-preserved Romanesque churches and chapels: ornate sculpted decor, harmony of the built proportions. At the heart of this exceptional Romanesque garden stand the architectural jewels of Anzy-le-Duc, Semur-en-Brionnais, Iguerande and Saint-Julien-de-Jonzy, to name just a few.





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Portail Nord


Coup de coeur

The extreme elegance of the northern portal is showcased by a decorative pattern inspired from Oriental art, while the southern portal features sculpted polychrome elements leading to the cloister.






They particularly liked:

  • the guided tour of the basilica and the city's "sanctuary" quarter
  • the City Hall's sculpted Italianate facade
  • renting a bicycle at the Tourist Office and heading out on the Greenway along the Canal du Centre
  • docking at the marina and discovering the city's various pilgrimage sites
  • the "Via Vitae" display of gold and silver-plated treasures at the Hiéron Museum.