Cluny was the second Rome, the most powerful abbey in medieval Christendom, which played a great role in religious history and in Romanesque art.
Quite simply the biggest...
The abbey of Cluny developed very quickly under the direction of its illustrious abbots. The Cluniac order took shape with the foundation and reform of several abbeys in France and further afield, reduced to the rank of priory or deanery and directly dependent on the mother abbey of Cluny. At its peak, the abbey ruled over some 1500 monasteries throughout Europe.
Today, only 8% of the abbey church remains, but many of the monastic buildings that made up Cluny Abbey are visible.
This plan shows all the buildings: in white, elements that have now disappearedand in colour the buildings you can discover throughout the visit.
Don't feel like taking a guided tour because you don't like it, or don't think you have the time? That's a shame, because guided tours give you a better understanding of the site, but it's possible...!
Which ticket should I choose for my visit...?
Cluny Abbey has been awarded the 2nd place in the French Favourite Monument for the programme broadcast by Stéphane BERN on France 3 in September 2023!
In the heart of the european network of cluniac sitesin the centre of a Country of Art and HistoryCluny has been awarded several labels and mentions: Council of Europe's major cultural route, European Heritage... and is participating in the UNESCO World Heritage listing application for the Cluniac network.
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