The “Romanesque Road” program in Southern Burgundy aims at connecting about one hundred 11th and 12th century churches and chapels that are wholly or partially Romanesque. The density of Romanesque buildings is so great in this limited area that it has been called a “Romanesque Garden”. In the heart of the Charolais-Brionnais, the basilica of Paray-le-Monial is a masterpiece of Romanesque art. It is a reflection, unique in Burgundy and in the whole of Europe, of the great abbey church of Cluny III, the biggest church of medieval Christendom, which was demolished after the French Revolution.
Logically, the tour of Romanesque churches in Brionnais starts at Paray-le-Monial. Its basilica belongs to the masterpieces of Romanesque art in Burgundy and, moreover, permits to visualise, even in reduced shape, the gone magnificence of Cluny.