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Universal religious heritage

Recognised by UNESCO

In the Middle Ages, Burgundy became a spiritual hotspot for the whole of Europe.

3 major buildings recognised by UNESCO bear witness to this widespread reputation:

  • Vézelay demonstrates the importance of the great pilgrimages. This place was listed in 1979.
  • La Charité-sur-Loire is a major step on the Way of St. James
  • Fontenay Abbey is an example of Cistercian reform. It was one of the very first French monuments to be listed.

Romanesque art

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The "Chemins du Roman" trails

Are you a fan of Romanesque art? Then come to Charolais-Brionnais (Saône-et-Loire). This small region boasts no less than 100 buildings in this elegant and understated style!

The Romanesque churches of the Brionnais
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On the trail of Romanesque art, you'll find a little gem with exceptional radiance, the Basilica of Paray-le-Monial.

The Basilica of Paray-le-Monial

The monks' legacy: Cluny and Cîteaux

Burgundy can be proud to have created two prestigious - yet opposing - monastic orders. They both abide by the same rule nevertheless: that of Saint-Benoît.

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Cluny Abbey

The greatest spiritual adventure of the Middle Ages! Today, visitors can take a "connected" tour of the abbey, with a tablet.

Cluny Abbey-City
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Cîteaux Abbey

A community of Cistercian monks still lives here today. It is open to visitors but tours are limited in order to respect the day-to-day life of the monks.

Visit Cîteaux
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