Paray Le Monial

Paray le Monial, in the department of Saone et Loire takes its name - "le Monial", or "monkish" - from the number of religious communities in the locality.

The town was originally established around a monastery, and is now the second most important destination for pilgrims in France, welcoming around 400,000 visitors a year.


This stems from the fact that in 1671 a certain Marguerite-Marie Alacoque entered into the monastery of the Visitation at Paray. She was later to be made St Marguerite-Marie due to the many visions of Christ she had during her life.

The spiritual importance of Paray was underlined by a Papal visit in 1986, and during the summer each year there are various major religious festivals involving more than 20,000 celebrants.

The town is worth visiting for its architectural as well as its spiritual riches, especially the town hall, a magnificent 16th century Renaissance construction with an ornamented and turreted facade.


Why not visit our art Wiki? You can read or write about art and artists. And even add a page about yourself…

".. Renoir, Picasso, Cubism, Renaissance art, Georges Seurat, Michael Asher, da Vinci, lautrec, leger, Joan Miro, Impressionism, Edvard Munch, Hans Holbein, Goya, Matisse, realism, rococo, baroque, Hieronymous Bosch art, Mark Rothko, orkin, poynter, pollock, Geoff Bunn art, Turner, Sol LeWitt, hirst, emin, Max Ernst, still-life, Richard Serra, landscapes, Primitivism, John Sargent, Madge Gill, pre-raphaelites, Conceptualism, Claude Monet, art brut, art povera, Mel Bochner, bridget riley, LS Lowry, Expressionism, modigliani, Marcel Duchamp, Victor Burgin, dada, surrealism and much more besides…"

The Art Wiki

Unless otherwise stated, the content of this page is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License