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Apse of the basilica of Paray-le-Monial.
Apse of the basilica of Paray-le-Monial.
Coat of arms of Paray-le-Monial
Coat of arms
Paray-le-Monial is located in France
Country France
Region Burgundy
Department Saône-et-Loire
Arrondissement Charolles
Canton Paray-le-Monial
Intercommunality Paray-le-Monial
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Jean-Marc Nesme
Area1 25.20 km2 (9.73 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 9,502
 • Density 380/km2 (980/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 71342 / 71600
Elevation 234–304 m (768–997 ft)
(avg. 245 m or 804 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
Hôtel de Ville.

Paray-le-Monial is a commune in the Saône-et-Loire department in the region of Burgundy in eastern France.


  • Geography 1
  • History 2
  • Main sights 3
  • Economy 4
  • Notable people 5
  • Twin towns - Sister cities 6
  • Tourism 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • Sources 10
  • External links 11


The river Bourbince flows northwestward through the commune and crosses the town.


Paray (Paredum; Parodium) existed before the monks who gave it its surname of Le Monial, for when Count Lambert of Chalon, together with his wife Adelaide and his friend Mayeul de Cluny, founded there in 973 the celebrated Benedictine priory, the borough had already been constituted, with its ædiles and communal privileges. At that time an ancient temple was dedicated to the Mother of God (Charter of Paray). The Cluny monks were, 999-1789, lords of the town.

Main sights

Sacré-Coeur church.

The town is mainly known for its Romanesque church of the Sacré-Coeur ("Sacred Heart") and as a place of pilgrimage. It was built from the 12th century as a small-scale version of the Abbey of Cluny. It was finished in the 14th century, while the cloister dates to the 18th century.

The Hôtel de Ville, in Renaissance style, the façade of which is adorned with a large statue of the Blessed Virgin, is also one of the historical monuments.

Another major building in Paray-le-Monial, is Saint Nicolas' tower, built during the 16th century, which hosts different exhibitions but mainly mosaic exhibitions.


The area's primary industry is agriculture in particular dairy farming.

Notable people

Paray-le-Monial was the birthplace of:

Paray-le-Monial was also home to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, where, in the Visitation convent, she had visions of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Twin towns - Sister cities

Paray-le-Monial is twinned with:


In South Burgundy, you can see :

See also


  1. ^ "Bethlehem Municipality". Retrieved 2009-10-10. 



  • Sanctuaries of Paray-le-Monial official website
  • Paray-le- Monial en el Círculo Románico

External links


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