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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

Eglise romane dans la campagne du Brionnais
Alain Doire - BFC Tourisme

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
Basilique de Paray-le-Monial
Alain Doire / BFC Tourisme


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.

Abbaye de Cluny
Alain Doire - BFC Tourisme

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
Abbaye de Citeaux
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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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