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Abbeys & Churches

The Romanesque architecture of the abbeys and churches of Burgundy is regarded as some of the finest in the world: Autun cathedral, St. Philibert's in Tournus and the Basilica Ste. Madeleine. There's the monastic dominance of Cluny, the importance of Vézelay as a rallying point of the Crusades, and the Abbey of Fontenay, all of great interest. More recently, Le Corbusier's chapel at Ronchamp is an architectural masterpiece.

L'Abbaye de Cluny   L'Abbaye de Fontenay

Abbeye de Cluny, Burgundy, FranceHow the mighty have fallen. Little remains of Cluny Abbey, once so glorious, but it is an intrinsic part of the history of Burgundy.


Abbeye de Fontenay, Burgundy, FranceL’Abbaye de Fontenay, one of the oldest Cistercian monasteries in France, became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1981.

L'Abbaye St. Philibert, Tournus   Basilique Sacr-Coeur, Paray-le-Monial

St. Philibert’s in the centre of Tournus is one of the most interesting churches in Burgundy. It is light and uplifting, being a fine example of Romanesque architecture with some stylish modern touches added. During recent restoration work some magnificent mosaics were discovered by the electricians. Quelle surprise!


Basilique Sacr Coeur, Burgundy, FranceModelled on the great abbey at Cluny, this basilica, the focal point of Paray-le-Monial is one of the great centres of Christianity.

Roman & Romain   St.- Lazare

Many a charming village claims to be famous for its ‘art roman’. Lorenzo Bohme explains that this is not what it seems; the difference between roman and romain gets lost in translation…


For Romanesque, head to the Cathedral St-Lazare in Autun where you can see some of the finest masterpieces of medieval sculpture in Burgundy.

Vzelay Basilique Ste Marie-Madeleine   Ronchamp

Basilique Ste Madeleine, Vezelay, Burgundy, FranceStanding proud on the hillside overlooking the Cure valley, the Basilique Ste Maire-Madeleine dominates the enchanting town of Vézelay.


La Chapelle Notre-Dame du Haut, Corbusiers masterpiece of architecture in Franche-Comt

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