Abbey of Cluny

Abbey of Cluny

Abbey of Cluny
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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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1-2 hours
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Chris S
Eglinton, UK578 contributions
The scale of the place was amazing - great place to visit
Sep 2021 • Couples
Great place to visit, the town of Cluny is very attractive in itself - however it would be a major omission not to visit the Abbey. It was an abbey on an enormous scale and what little remains is impressive. They have a great 3D video of how it was established and how it grew. Well marked out routes - a great few hours
Written 10 September 2021
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CPaM68
Texas586 contributions
An amazing history
Jul 2019
Cluny Abbey, which is listed as a National Monument, was one of the most important abbeys in France and was once the largest church in the western world. This description certainly sounded interesting enough for us to take a day-trip from where we were staying in Belleville. Although parking for the Abbey (pay-to-park lot) is located nearly right behind the Abbey, you are forced to walk and wind around several blocks through a small village to access to the Abbey. If you plan on spending all day in Cluny, you might find the touristy shops and restaurants pleasant and interesting to explore. But, it was extremely hot the day we visited and we were also trying to see another attraction later that afternoon. The tour of the Abbey itself starts with a short film showing how it evolved and how it would look today if it were still totally intact. We also rented the audio headphones (which I would highly recommend) which explained its amazing history, concentrating on the architectural features and the people that contributed to the great power of the Abbey. Founded in the early 10th century, the first abbey was built around 927 and then replaced 70 years later by a more imposing abbey built to hold relics of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. Because of the presence of the relics of these two important saints, for several centuries the monastery was second only to Rome in the religious influence it held over Europe. Gradually the power of Rome increased and the authority of the abbey diminished. The Wars of Religion further reduced the importance of the abbey. After the French revolution, the abbey grounds and furnishings were sold and the demise of the abbey started. As a result, a great deal of the original large Roman-style church no longer exists.
Written 28 June 2020
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Ainat Neerfa
Dhaka City, Bangladesh17 contributions
King Richard 1 (Lion heart) met King Phillip 2 before Third Crusade
Apr 2019 • Solo
This is the place when King Richard Lion-heart met his rival King Phillip of France before joining in Third Crusade after Jerusalem fell under Saladin. The historical value of this place is enormous and I m enthralled to see that how a structure can exists and uphold the memoirs of hundreds of hundreds years.
Written 6 February 2020
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David S
Stuttgart, Germany3 contributions
Exceptional
Nov 2019
We’ve lived and worked in Europe for over ten years and seen some amazing churches in pristine condition. This one is not pristine but the French achieved something very special and unique. They succeeded in placing you in the perspective of an archeologist or historian. Just as an archeologist must piece together an entire picture from a few surviving artifacts, this monument arranged what is left of the Abbey and Fills in virtually the missing pieces. In some ways much more interesting than if everything was preserved. E adored the experience.
Written 15 November 2019
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Laura L
Jacksonville, FL188 contributions
Not that interesting
Oct 2019 • Couples
Given all there is to see in France, this abbey was not that interesting. Most of it was in ruins and there are so many more Interesting ones- in ruins and not-in France. The riding school tour next door was fun.
Written 14 October 2019
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Deb W
Reno, NV2,114 contributions
Worth a look
Aug 2019
While this was a large abbey, not much still exists. We left the tour early and really enjoyed the town. Lots of cute shops and eateries near the abbey.
Written 23 August 2019
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Luis Carlos V
santiago10 contributions
Abbey de Cluny
Sep 2018
It was a big emotion to visit the remain of the famous Abbey de Cluny. Unfortunately a big part of the Church and Abey was destroyed during the Revolution. Still worth to see it.
Written 6 August 2019
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vera van der Spruyt
23 contributions
frantic ruines and good info and museum
Jun 2019 • Couples
A pity of the 12rh age church is not so much left only one sidewing and transept very high.impressiv
But 18th cloister and building with temporary expositions Outside some old towers in the city Don't forget to visit the opposite included museum with lot of info .And the nice city partly walled
Written 28 July 2019
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Jan S
Oakland, CA429 contributions
There Was Not a Line!
Jul 2019 • Couples
I could not get my phone to show actual ticket. It indicated I had paid but I couldn’t get in without the actual ticket. We needed WiFi and there was none. My husband went back to the car to get his phone where they were downloaded. Friends taught me how to take a photo so I can reproduce a ticket easily. Tickets to the abbey are sold at Tourist Information and at the Abbey with no lines. Their website is a little challenging. Buy your tickets when you get there.
Written 16 July 2019
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Tim M
Mere, UK36 contributions
Well worth a look
Jul 2019 • Couples
A visit to the Abbey at Cluny is a must. The tour starts with a short film showing how the Abbey evolved and how it would look if still fully built in the town today. You then take yourself on a tour of what is left and get a feel of the amazing size that the Abbey once was and if the innovation that went into building it.
Written 14 July 2019
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