Paray-le-Monial is one of the top three tourist destinations in Burgundy, where our charming guest house is located.
The jewel is of course the Romanesque basilica of Paray. The city is under the protection of Marguerite-Marie Alacoque, canonized by the Vatican in 1920. This Romanesque basilica was built over 2 centuries. It is one of the best preserved models of Cluniac architecture. The two towers of the basilica date respectively from the 11th and 12th centuries. The building was restored in the 19th century by a pupil of Viollet-le-Duc.
Its foundation dates back to the year 973. Placed under the obedience of the abbots of Cluny, the building is due to one of its most illustrious representatives. Hugues de Semur, descendant of Count Lambert de Chalon, founder of the first monastery of Paray .
The upper chapel is the oldest part of the monument and dates from the 11th century. The pointed and semicircular vaults overlook the nave at 22 meters high.
In the Sainte Marguerite-Marie chapel, the choir is surrounded by an ambulatory with three radiating chapels, typical of the Cluniac style.
In the choir of the basilica, you can admire a 15th century fresco, representing Christ in majesty, surrounded by the attributes of the angel and the bull for Saint Matthew and Saint Luke, the lion and the eagle for Saint Mark and Saint John.
The Byzantine-inspired chapel of La Colombière is enriched inside with mosaics, stained-glass windows, sculpted and painted capitals, as well as multiple sculptures.
Many concerts are organized in this beautiful building steeped in history, as well as organ recitals.
In Paray-le-Monial, you can participate in guided tours which will allow you to discover: The basilica, cloister and historic center. The beautiful residences of the city, epic history of the ceramic and mosaic industry, as well as nocturnal and theatrical visits. Contact the Paray tourist office.
Do not hesitate to call on our charming guest house when traveling in Burgundy.Share