Abbey-city of Cluny
A spiritual and political capital, the Benedictine Abbey of Cluny radiated and extended its influence across the whole of Europe throughout the Middle Ages. Its abbey church was the largest in western Christendom, before St Peter’s was built in Rome.
The Benedictine Abbey of Cluny extended its influence throughout Mediaeval Europe. The abbey church was the largest in the Western Christian world before the building of St Peter’s of Rome.
After nine centuries of monastic life, the site now offers a prestigious heritage, including a number of monastic buildings, a Museum of Art and Archaeology housing major works of civil Romanesque sculpture, a Mediaeval City rich in Romanesque and Gothic houses, two churches, and a magnificent Hôtel-Dieu (hospital), offering a remarkable fresco by the artist Chaimowicz.
The discovery of this site can also be considered from above, from the top of the Fromages’ tower.