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The Musée du Hieron, designed by Parisian architect Noël Bion, has undergone a complete renovation in 2005. Built between 1890 and 1893, it features a metallic architecture inspired by Gustave Eiffel, and is one of the rare museums in France to be designed as such from the very outset. The museum is a listed French historic monument from the 19th century (Musée de France). Its seven hundred square meter exhibition space offers visitors an historical panorama of Christianity over two millenia. The Museum derives its name from the Ancient Greek term hieros – sacred or holy – and also refers the Ancient Greek hieron, a consecrated public space that served both political and religious feeling in Western Christianity.

Two of the most outstanding exhibits are the remarkably preserved 12th century Romanesque carving from the church in nearby Anzy-le-Duc, itself a listed historic monument, and the sublime Via Vitae (The Way of Life, 1894-1904) by the Parisian goldsmith and jeweller, Joseph Chaumet.

The museum has a man date tradition of acquisitions and exhibitions from contemporary artists, filing the role of conservation and formory for future generations.


• Guided visits in four languages;
French, English, German, Italian.

• Young visitors workshops

• Game booklets for children : « The Way of life. Joseph Chaumet » from 8 to 13 years old (G.B.)

• Museum Shop and Bookstore

Museum Curator:
Dominique Dendraël : 03 85 81 36 98

Cultural Mediation:
[email protected]

To contact us:
Musée du Hiéron
Hôtel de Ville – BP 160 – 71604 Paray-le-Monial cedex
Fax : 03 85 88 83 07

Opening times:
From Tuesday till Sunday, from 10 am till 12 am and from 2 pm till 6 pm
In July and August, every day from 10 am till 12 am and from 2 pm till 6 pm

To get to the Museum:
13, rue de la Paix
71600 Paray-le-Monial, Bourgogne du Sud.
By train from Paris: 2h15 by TGV to Le Creusot Montchanin,
then take the shuttle service from Le Creusot Monchanin to
Paray Le Monial railway station (ticket to be purchased along
with your TGV ticket).
By road from Paris: take the RN 7, direction Nevers,
then follow Mâcon.
By train from Lyon: 1h15 by TER.
By road from Lyon: take the A6/E15 motorway.
Exit at Mâcon-Sud, then follow Charolles.
Nearby car-parking facilities
The Museum is fully equipped for disabled visitors access

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