Abbey of Cluny
Historic Sites • Religious Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
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9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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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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S9930AHmarkb
Vaumery, France52 contributions
Apr 2022
Was very surprised how much there was to see, well worth the visit, please we went out of high season, not too many people.
Written 24 April 2022
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Chris318i
Regensburg, Germany261 contributions
Apr 2022
The abbey of Cluny is beautiful and a must-see in Cluny. You could either take one of the different tours or go to a higher level in the city and enjoy the view on the abbey.
Written 23 April 2022
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publiussulla
Seattle, WA217 contributions
Apr 2022
I enjoy places that are rich in history and architecture so this place was perfect. The abby is easy to get to but parking was a challenge. The staff was very friendly and spoke good english. There was no tour guide or audio guide (that I saw) just a handout and a lot of walking around. The 3D presentation was cool but in French. The trip up the tower of the cheeses is not to be missed for a panoramic view of the town just be aware it is 124 steps up and down again. If ya love culture with history this place is a must stop.
Written 10 April 2022
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Chris S
Eglinton, UK615 contributions
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
Texas632 contributions
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, Bangladesh18 contributions
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
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, FL204 contributions
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, NV2,397 contributions
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
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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