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Abbey of Cluny

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Address: Palais Gelase | Place du 11 août 1944, 71250 Cluny, France
Phone Number: 03 85 59 15 93
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Description: Founded in 910, Cluny Abbey radiated across Europe throughout the Middle...
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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Beautiful architecture, worth a visit

Was unaware of Cluny's history on my first visit. Seems to be very tourist orientated , especially in summer. This is quite natural I suppose, but does make getting around a bit... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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Carmarthen, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW

Visitors are allowed into few rooms. One would like to know more about daily life, bedrooms etc. Chapel was a disappointment--what about some chants in the background? Wide, empty passages.Information posters very helpful, but by the time you get to the fourth empty room, most was forgotten. The shop had interesting merchandise and left the impression of that was what... More 

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Carmarthen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Was unaware of Cluny's history on my first visit. Seems to be very tourist orientated , especially in summer. This is quite natural I suppose, but does make getting around a bit difficult. Big equestrian centre here which was very interesting. Nice cafe's and restaurants. The Abbey is a must visit.

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Montreal, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

This was a bit of a disappointment since it was billed as the big attraction in the area. Most of it is in ruins now, so you have to see it as it was via a film.

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penn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Interesting tour in the historical town of Cluny, ignited our interest in French history, especially the revolution.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Having studied medieval monasticism for 2 years at university, I couldn't spend a week at Taizé and not visit Cluny, the most influential abbey for many a year! What they've done with what remains of the abbey is wonderful. There are plenty of things to look at and you really get an idea of how huge and imposing this great... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

We visited Cluny Abbey curious as many of the cathedrals in the Burgundy and Rhone region were built based on Cluny’s architecture. There is only very little remaining of the original 10C. building as it was dismantled after the Revolution. Whatever remains has been incorporated in the building of the 1821 and indeed shows the unbelievable height and how majestic... More 

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Virginia Beach, VA, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

This place is amazing. A great English audio tour. Only 20% of the abbey remains standing. They have installed digital screens that are stationed on a swivel platform and allow you to see what the area you are looking at looked like when it was whole. Very enjoyable!

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Toulouse, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Although not too much of the early church remains it is a beautiful place to visit because they have reconstructed certain areas and one can access the whole area of what was a huge working monastery. You can still get a feeling for what it was like about 1000 years ago. It is possible to get there by bus €1.50... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

We drove through Cluny last Saturday, and were surprised to see legions of cars parked everywhere in the late morning. We were lucky to get a space as someone left, and judged by the throngs of people walking away from the Abbey that there was a market. Right in front of the museum entrance was a local market with clothing,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

The Abbey , which has been beautifully restored, is a treasure in French history. The transept is overwhelming in its size and vaulting. I liked the chapels for their design and found myself visualizing religious services in the Middle Ages. The Jean de Bourbon chapel, although smaller, felt comfortable for the abbot.

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