The Taizé Community in Burgundy

Visit to the Taizé Community near Cluny in Saône-et-Loire.

Taizé is a tiny village in the Burgundy countryside where a monastic community of 75 monks from 25 different countries has settled. The aim of the community is to bring together all Christians, whether Catholic or Protestant. The community is very open to the outside world as it welcomes many young people who come to spend a week in prayer, there are prayers at 8am, 12pm and 8pm every day. The highlights of the year are Pentecost and Ascension. You can go inside the site and visit the chapel. The Official Site

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Duration: 2 h.

Entrance to the village of Taizé

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Entrance to the village of Taizé
The town of Taizé has less than 200 inhabitants. The road is the best way to get to Taizé.

Entrance to the Taizé Community

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Entrance to the Taizé Community
The site includes fixed parts, mostly made of wood, and a tented village for busy periods.

The bell tower

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The bell tower
In the 1980s this bell tower was erected so that the sound of the bells would carry further. The life of the community is punctuated by prayers.

The tents

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The tents
Meals are also taken in tents. Young people can contribute to the cost of meals and accommodation. The prices are unbeatable: between 7 and 10 euros per day for a young person under 30 (including meals!). Example of a meal: ham, cheese, fruit, waffle, bread

Chapel of Reconciliation

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Chapel of Reconciliation
The original stone chapel was built through a Franco-German initiative. Wooden buildings were added.

Chapel of Reconciliation

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Chapel of Reconciliation
The wooden buildings increase the capacity of the original chapel.

The huts

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The huts
At Taizé, you can stay either in tents or in wooden barracks heated in winter. The barracks are dormitories with about ten beds.

Tent city

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Tent city
The tent city increases the capacity of the welcome. Most of the young people who come to Taizé are very motivated. The living conditions are quite spartan.

Inside the chapel

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Inside the chapel
The services alternate between singing, passages from the Gospel, in several languages, and times of silence and meditation.
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