Visit Paray-Le-Monial

Set in the heart of Romanesque Burgundy, Paray-le-Monial attracts thousands of visitors every year. Known for its Basilica, a masterpiece of twelfth-century Cluniac art, the fame of the City of the Sacred Heart extends around the world. In the 17th century, Christ appeared three times to a young nun from the convent of the Visitation, Marguerite-Marie Alacoque, and bared his heart to her. She was given the task of spreading his message to the world: “This is the heart which has so loved mankind”. Pilgrims came here to rediscover in the Sacred Heart the meaning of their own lives and for a powerful spiritual experience. The chapels at this holy site of pilgrimage hold relics of the saint and her spiritual director, saint Claude La Colombière. The collections in the Musée du Hiéron relate two millennia of history of Christianity.

Getting there


  • Lyons (130 km) and Saint-Yan (9 km) airports


  • Paris - Le Creusot by TGV (1hr20) – Paray-le-Monial (45 min by bus)
  • Paris/Dijon/Lyons – Paray-le-Monial


Restaurants: 16 restaurants (Gourmet – Traditional – Brasserie)

  • 12 hotels 2-3 star (411 rooms)
  • 8 gîtes 2-3 “épis” (max. 42 people)
  • 7 bed & breakfasts (max. 60 people)
  • 2 religious hostel (119 rooms)
  • 2 campsites (179 pitches) – 20 mobile homes


Visiting the city:

  • Historic medieval centre
  • Musée Eucharistique du Hiéron
  • Musée Paul Charnoz

Visiting the shrine:

  • Basilica of the Sacred Heart/Saturday/Sunday mass
  • Chapel of the Visitation/mass every day• Chapel of Saint John/mass every day
  • La Colombière Chapel

Literature: Brochures from the Tourist Office and the Shrines

Special events

  • Women’s retreat (January 25-27)
  • Paray-le-Monial retreat (January 31 to February 3)
  • Priests’ retreats (February 3-9)
  • Retreat - pathes of prayer (February 18-22)
  • Winter Forum (March 2-3)
  • 5th international assembly: for doctors, surgeons and medical students (March 15-17)
  • Sessions for retired people (March 18-22)
  • Easter Triduum (March 28 to April 1)
  • Feasts of Divine Mercy (April 5-7)