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Paray-le-Monial is a little town in the south of Burgundy in France. It is an important pilgrimage destination where the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus originated after Christ appeared to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque. It is the sister city of Bad Dürkheim, Germany and Wells, England.

Get in[edit]

By train[edit]

There are direct trains from Paray-le-Monial railway station to Lyon, Nevers, Clermont-Ferrand, Dijon and Beaune.

By bus[edit]

Bus number 9 operated by Buscéphale [1] between Cluny and Digoin stops at Paray-le-Monial. A one-way ticket costs €2. As of 2017, the bus route operates 3 times a day in each direction (except Sundays).

Get around[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

  • The basilica is the major attraction in Paray-le-Monial. It was established in the 11th century and is nowadays quite popular with pilgrims.
  • The 18th-century cloister.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Club 4 is the only real club in town.

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Hotel 3 Pigeons
  • Hotel Terminus which is in a short walking distance of the station. It has a wonderful garden to sit in in summer.

Stay safe[edit]

The town is not very dangerous and there is hardly any crime. You can walk through the town at night at any time. Especially when it's pilgrim-season you should be careful as there are many tourists in town around that time.

Get out[edit]

  • Cluny: Visit the remains of the influential Benedictine abbey
  • Lyon: A gastronomic and historical city with museums, Roman theatres and the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière.
  • Nevers: Pilgrims visit to venerate the incorrupt body of Saint Bernadette in the convent to which she moved from Lourdes. There is a direct TER train from Paray-le-Monial to Nevers (journey time around 1hr 30min).
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