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Insee code71342
AltitudeFrom 234 to 304 meters
Surface25.20 km²
Population9550 inhabitants
Density378 inhabitants/km²


National labelsVolesvres at 4.7 km (9 min)
Chief townMâcon (at 65 km, 57 min)Saint-Léger-lès-Paray at 4.9 km (9 min)
DepartmentSaône-et-LoireVitry-en-Charollais at 5.9 km (11 min)
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Close to the canal, the arrival of the railway in 1867 Paray-le-Monial was responsible for the increase in industrial activity in the city and the foundation in 1877 by the ceramist Paul Charnoz, a ceramic tile factory. By creating a range of stoneware tiles designed by keying in the mass, presented today at the Museum Charnoz, the industry had quickly distinguished by the quality of its aesthetic and technical productions. Both communication channels are particularly attractive, the Canal du Centre and the railway, had competed, from 1873, the organization of pilgrimages to celebrate the onset of the Heart of Jesus to the religious Visitation Margaret Mary to late 17th century, the city now dedicated to the Sacred Heart. Thus, between living a spiritual heritage and its industrial past, the city is now Paray-le-Monial new developments.


  • The city of Paray-le-Monial itself as a great heritage site to discover:
  • The Basilica of the Sacred Heart (eleventh-twelfth centuries) is a jewel of Romanesque architecture. This is the title that is shown by molding, in Paris, in the City of Architecture and Heritage. The cloister (eighteenth century) forms with it a Cluniac monastic leading.
  • The Museum of Hiero, one of the only sites in Burgundy built as a museum, since its conception in 1890, gives a more contemporary dimension to the architectural promenade: the steel structure inspired by Gustave Eiffel, is visible from the central hall of the museum since rehabilitation in 2005.
  • Building amazing City Hall (House Jayet): the name of its owner, who built between 1525 and 1528, the facade of this beautiful mansion plated on older structures. His style belongs to the early Renaissance, the castles of the Loire. With the old parish church of St. Nicolas (sixteenth and seventeenth centuries), now venue, the Town Hall is the historic core of the city.
  • Following the restoration of these three buildings, classified as Historic Monuments and Museum of France, and contributing to their development, the city landscape the entire historic center. The unit of this set will be returned by the expansion of space for pedestrians who will be offered a course of historical discovery, architectural and heritage, aided by highlighting each of the sites and their urban links.
  • Chapel of the Visitation (. Seventeenth-nineteenth century), called the Chapel of Apparitions: As stated in the inscription on the façade, it is here that the Visitation Margaret Mary received the Apparitions of the Heart of Jesus between 1673 and 1675, authenticated by his confessor, the Jesuit father Claude La Colombiere. The monastery chapel of the Visitation, built in 1633, was rebuilt in 1854 in a neo-Romanesque style reminiscent of the decoration of the basilica. She witnessed the largest pilgrimages in France that began in the early summer of 1873 with the arrival of nearly 200,000 pilgrims. Margaret Mary was canonized by Pope Benedict the 15th in 1920. Today, we can meditate lying in front of his wax.
  • The Chapel Colombià (XXth c.): Inspired by Byzantine, the simple chapel outside enriched inside mosaics and stained glass Mauméjean brothers, sculpted and painted by Henri Charlier capitals and Stations of the Cross carved by René Davoine. The chapel of the Jesuits, whose presence Paray-le-Monial dates back to 1619, was built on the occasion of the beatification of Claude La Colombiere (1929). Spiritual director of St. Margaret Mary in 1675, he was canonized in 1992, after the arrival of Pope John Paul II. We can pray before the golden shrine of the father presented in the north chapel.
  • Saint-Nicolas Tower (XVI-XVII century.): Former parish church consecrated in 1535, its architecture is enriched with a massive tower to 1549. The turret, perched on the overhanging gable bears the date of 1658. It was reduced to its current level in the 19th c. with the removal of the apse and the side chapels. This is the installation of the clock, declared a public utility, avoided the destruction of the tower. The cult was suppressed during the French Revolution, when the church of the monks (now Basilica) became the parish church. Over time, the building has had various functions as a prison guard or town home. It now houses exhibitions.
  • Museum Paul Charnoz - Tile Art: The museum is the sole repository of human memory and industrial ceramic Paray-le-Monial. He know vividly and educational different stages of the life of the plant, through its technology and products, but also through the memories of its former employees. Are presented, among others, two monumental frescoes jewels of French industrial and decorative ceramics, made of tiles designed by pop and awarded first prize gold medal at the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1889 and 1900. Each year, the museum presents an exhibition that animates the summer season.
  • Booklet-games to discover Paray-le-Monial family.
  • Scavenger Hunt to find Paray-le-Monial family.
  • Booklet-games to discover Paray-le-Monial in Rosalie.
Detailed information
TransportTrain station of Paray-le-Monial
Information pointsTourist Office of Paray-le-Monial
Leisure centresMunicipal Pool of Paray-le-Monial,   Museum Eucharistique du Hiéron,   Racecourse of the Varenne
MonumentsBasilica of Paray-le-Monial
Natural sitesWood of the Aisances


  • Guided tours:
  • Every day in July and August at 14:30 ( except Sunday morning), guided by a guide are organized from the Tourist Office.
  • Visit the Romanesque basilica of the 11th and 12th century. From the 18th century cloister and garden. Visit the historic center with the city hall, former mansion of the early 16th century with a magnificent facade carved in Renaissance style, the tower Saint- Nicolas, former parish church and chapels and two major works of the museum Hiéron.
  • Night Tours : Every Wednesday at 21h between July 15 and August 15. From the Office of Tourism, discover the history of the city in the light of torches. This nocturnal visit invites tourists and residents to discover the legends and history of Paray-le-Monial to the rhythm of traditional music. A guide, accompanied by riders and their horses will take you to walk the streets of the city to see the monuments and trace the history ending around local specialties.
  • Walking around Nochize : The Tourist Office organizes a hike on the last Sunday of June.
  • The Music of Paray-le-Monial : Each year the Office of Tourism offers several concerts during the summer season.
  • International Symposium on 1st weekend of October : International Symposium Paray-le-Monial organized by the Friends of the Romanesque basilica.
  • Christmas Concert at the current basilica in December.


  • Paray-le-Monial is the start of three circuits of Romanesque churches in the Charolais-Brionnais.
  • Bike ride along the Canal du Centre.
  • Green Walk: 12 hiking trails on the Community of Communes Paray-le-Monial.
  • Bowling at Vitry-en-Charollais.
  • Laser Team in Vitry-en-Charolais.
  • Ballooning. Information and registration at the Tourist Office.
Leisure activities
NameType of activityPriceTown
Buy beef straight from the farmLocal flavours118 €Saint-Julien-de-Civry (10.8 km)
Visit the House of the CharolaisCulture and educationFrom 3.50 € to 7.50 €Charolles (13.8 km)
Rural heritage museumCraftFrom 1.50 € to 3 €Le Donjon (28 km)

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Basilica seen from the bridge on Bourbince ( © Jean Espirat )Basilica seen from the bridge on Bourbince ( © Jean Espirat )
Basilica for the gateway ( © Jean Espirat )Basilica for the gateway ( © Jean Espirat )
Tour Saint- Nicolas ( © Jean Espirat )Tour Saint- Nicolas ( © Jean Espirat )
Rear view of the basilica ( © Jean Espirat )Rear view of the basilica ( © Jean Espirat )
Portal Basilica in the cloister ( © Jean Espirat )Portal Basilica in the cloister ( © Jean Espirat )
cloister ( © Jean Espirat )cloister ( © Jean Espirat )
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Saint Nicolas Tower, opposite the Town HallSaint Nicolas Tower, opposite the Town Hall
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portal north of the basilica ( © Jean Espirat )portal north of the basilica ( © Jean Espirat )
Nave of the Basilica ( © Jean Espirat )Nave of the Basilica ( © Jean Espirat )
Capital carved in the basilica ( © Jean Espirat )Capital carved in the basilica ( © Jean Espirat )
Marquees carved in the basilica ( © Jean Espirat )Marquees carved in the basilica ( © Jean Espirat )
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Marquees carved ( © Jean Espirat )Marquees carved ( © Jean Espirat )
tower of the Basilica, seen from the cloister ( © JE)tower of the Basilica, seen from the cloister ( © JE)
cloister ( © Jean Espirat )cloister ( © Jean Espirat )
Another view of the cloister ( © Jean Espirat )Another view of the cloister ( © Jean Espirat )
Basilica of the Sacred Heart ( © Jean Espirat )Basilica of the Sacred Heart ( © Jean Espirat )
rear view of the basilica ( © Jean Espirat )rear view of the basilica ( © Jean Espirat )
the dome in the park ( © Jean Espirat )the dome in the park ( © Jean Espirat )
Stained Basilica ( © Jean Espirat )Stained Basilica ( © Jean Espirat )
Stained Glass ( © Jean Espirat )Stained Glass ( © Jean Espirat )
Stained Glass ( © Jean Espirat )Stained Glass ( © Jean Espirat )
Stained Glass ( © Jean Espirat )Stained Glass ( © Jean Espirat )
Stained Glass ( © Jean Espirat )Stained Glass ( © Jean Espirat )
House chaplains ( © Jean Espirat )House chaplains ( © Jean Espirat )
Tour of the former castle of the abbots Cluny ( © Jean Espirat )Tour of the former castle of the abbots Cluny ( © Jean Espirat )
Entrance to the chapel of the Visitation ( © Jean Espirat )Entrance to the chapel of the Visitation ( © Jean Espirat )
chapel of the Visitation ( © Jean Espirat )chapel of the Visitation ( © Jean Espirat )
city ( © Jean Espirat )city ( © Jean Espirat )
Tour Saint- Nicolas ( © Jean Espirat )Tour Saint- Nicolas ( © Jean Espirat )
Tour Saint- Nicolas ( © Jean Espirat )Tour Saint- Nicolas ( © Jean Espirat )
old house ( © Jean Espirat )old house ( © Jean Espirat )
House with turret ( © Jean Espirat )House with turret ( © Jean Espirat )
Antique Centre ( © Jean Espirat )Antique Centre ( © Jean Espirat )
Patch on a former Wall ( © Jean Espirat )Patch on a former Wall ( © Jean Espirat )
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French cuisine restaurantRestaurant de la basilique  
Two air-conditioned restaurants, including one especially reserved for groups. (See pictures on our site) - a Burgundian cuisine. Culinary specialties and exclusive. A fast, attentive...
Located in Paray-le-MonialFrom 15 € to 55 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantLes Diligences
The restaurant Les Diligences welcome you to the land of Burgundy. In a room with rustic décor, equipped with a stove and a French ceiling, you can enjoy traditional French cuisine...
Located 11.2 km from Paray-le-Monial31 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantLes Marronniers
In a charming village in the heart of Burgundy discover a corner of Biscay. You will enjoy Gascon specialties as well as local dishes Regional.
Located 11.4 km from Paray-le-Monial50 € per person 

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House with 4 bedroomsDomaine Le Pré de La Serve    
Domaine du Pré de la Serve is a true village house, formerly a village café and hotel, built in 1863 and entirely renovated in 2007. The warm colored rooms have a relaxing and modern...
Located 8.3 km from Paray-le-Monial65 € the double room 
Farm with 1 bedroomLes Pensées d'Or    
Les Pensées d'Or is a so called 'chambre d'hôtes'. This means that you are a guest in our home. We offer our guests a spacious guest apartment. The attractive, authentically renovated...
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Castle with 6 bedroomsChâteau de Vaulx  
Bed & Breakfast in Charolais-Brionnais. At the edge of Charolais and Brionnais, Château de Vaulx whose origins date back to the fourteenth century has been modified over time to find...
Located 13 km from Paray-le-MonialFrom 100 € to 190 € the double room 

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House for 4 personsLe gîte du tilleul
In the Charolais-Brionnais at the edge of the forest Charolles, our house of 'lime' and the family home 'lilac' welcome you to the charming village of Champlecy located 7 km from Charolles,...
Located 6.9 km from Paray-le-MonialFrom 250 € to 380 € per week 
House for 3 personsLe gîte de Mireille
3 ears lodging for 2 people. And a baby. The heart of the Charolais countryside, 4 km and 10 km from Charolles Paray-le-Monial. Internet Phone free on mobile and fixed according Morm...
Located 9.6 km from Paray-le-Monial295 € per week 
House for 8 personsLe domaine de la tour
4 km from Charolles between Cluny and Paray le Monial, between meadows and woods, beautiful character house which satisfy both lovers of authenticity, with its oak beams, stone tiles...
Located 10.6 km from Paray-le-MonialFrom 450 € to 740 € per week 

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La Clayette
Family Camping: 90 sites with views of the lake and castle tent, caravan, motorhome. Holiday Cottages, canvas bungalows for 5 or 6 people. Area Recreation : swimming pool, mini golf,...
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108 places over 4 haLe village des meuniers  
Arriving at Camping Village Millers, you'll be immediately impressed by the splendor of nature and the beauty of the hills of Burgundy. Due to its location, the site is marked by a...
Located 29 km from Paray-le-MonialFrom 19.50 € to 26 € per day 

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Comfort Hotel Paray Le Monial - Hotel in Paray-le-MonialComfort Hotel Paray Le Monial     
Located on the Paray le Monial Centre motorway interchange, the Comfort Hotel Paray Le Monial is surrounded in a large tree-lined park. It offers spacious and modern rooms with tea...
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Hotel Terminus - Hotel in Paray-le-MonialHotel Terminus     
Hotel Terminus is situated in the historical town of Paray-le-Monial, in the Bourgogne region. It is set in a 19th-century building and offers a lovely garden terrace and free Wi-Fi....
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Aux Vendanges de Bourgogne L'O à la Bouche - Hotel in Paray-le-MonialAux Vendanges de Bourgogne L'O à la Bouche     
Located just 500 metres from the centre of Paray-le-Monial, Aux Vendanges de Bourgogne L’O à la Bouche offers a terrace, garden and restaurant. Montceau-les-Mines is a 30-minute drive...
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Comfort Hôtel Mâcon Sud
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