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Abbey of Cluny

Palais Gelase | Place du 11 août 1944, 71250, Cluny, France
+33 3 85 59 15 93
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Major improvements

While living in Europe I've been several times in Cluny. My recent visit made me really happy as... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Huntington Beach, California
Site of mediaval monastic importance

For anyone interested in medieval history this is a super site. The Abbey was of huge importance in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
London, United Kingdom
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Founded in 910, Cluny Abbey radiated across Europe throughout the Middle Ages, with its large abbey church of exceptional proportions : "The Maior Eclesia".The highest vaults of the Romanesque world still bear witness today to this gigantism. The remains of the vast restored abbey church and the sites of the 18th century buildings were renovated for the occasion of the 1100th anniversary of the abbey's foundation; they encourage rediscovery of this unique place. A 3D film and virtual reproductions complete the tour and illustrate the majesty of what was Christianity's largest church. Move the screens to discover the abbey just as you would have found it in the 15th century!
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Palais Gelase | Place du 11 août 1944, 71250, Cluny, France
+33 3 85 59 15 93
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Reviewed 3 days ago

While living in Europe I've been several times in Cluny. My recent visit made me really happy as the improvements in conservation and documenting the history of this once very important location have been major throughout the last years. If now the visually very attractive...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

For anyone interested in medieval history this is a super site. The Abbey was of huge importance in that period as its scale implies. Ruins now they have made o good job of conjuring its majesty and size through video and other means. The audio...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well worth the trip around the abbey and try to imagine that this abbey was once more important that Rome in the Christian world. For a change most of the descriptions walking around are in English as well as French so that a bonus but...More

Thank wp12345
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A visit to the (destroyed) abbey of Cluny will make you shudder. What must have been a most beautiful monument of the Christian faith was destroyed almost completely by the French revolution. We have remnants of old building in many places in Europe, many have...More

2  Thank Sandro1205
Reviewed 24 April 2017

Yes, it is off the beaten path, and if you are on the river cruise you have to take a bus trip there and back - but, this abbey was begun in the year 908! At one time the related houses numbered 1500 and stretched...More

2  Thank MOBX
Reviewed 5 November 2016

At one time this was an impressive structure - at some 600 feet long and 100 feet tall, it was the largest Christian church until 16th century when Saint Peters in Rome was built. After the French revolution most of the church was destroyed, so...More

Thank flylikeahawk
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Fascinating history over many centuries. Frustrating because of the destruction of the majority of the magnificent buildings - in the name of religion!!!! Visited as a group with a multi language guide - pre-booked. If you have any interest in local/regional/country history - this is...More

1  Thank Ray L
Reviewed 15 October 2016

The Abbey of Cluny is a remarkable structure, even more so when you find out that 95% of the original church of the abbey is gone - destroyed a few hundred years ago and the stones used in other buildings in the area. There is...More

Thank jameslockard
Reviewed 25 September 2016

Cluny is a great city to visit if you are staying in Beaune or the surrounding area. It's about a one hour drive from Beaune and the drive takes you through quaint villages and you may want to stop off at a chateau or two...More

Thank Mark B
Reviewed 16 September 2016

It took me 2 visits to rap my head around the original church .... but the history is amazing and they are still excavating!! Really give it as much time as you can it's very interesting!!

2  Thank Mary S
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carol p
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Response from April10102013 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry don't know we have our own car as whe have a house in Burgundy.