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Abbey of Cluny

Palais Gelase | Place du 11 août 1944, 71250 Cluny, France
03 85 59 15 93
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Ranked #1 of 3 attractions in Cluny
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals, Historic Sites, Religious Sites
Owner description: Founded in 910, Cluny Abbey radiated across Europe throughout the Middle Ages, with its large abbey church of exceptional proportions : "The Maior... more » Owner description: 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! « less
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

We stopped here for a couple of hours and found the abbey a thoroughly fascinating visit. Only a very small fragment exists but, through the use of modern technology, such as 3D films and computer screens dotted around the place that demonstrate what you would have seen in medieval times, you can get a real sense of the true size... More

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Quebec City, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

The visit with the guide is very interesting because we discover a lot more with all thi information he share with the visitors. As visitors we have the feeling of the abbey when it has been builted and the guide helps us to understand how it was big and important. It takes more than one hour to complete the visit... More

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Floral Park, New York
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21 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This was an interesting stop as we surveyed the ancient abbey. Depending on your interest you might allow 45 or more minutes to visit.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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25 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The Cluny Abbey is amazing - the original building was enormous and it is so sad to think it was demolished as it was. Thankfully there is still some left for us to see and also photographs for the restorers to provide the wonderful touch screens in various locations which show it as it is now and then what it... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Fantastic old ruins of what was the largest building in Christendom before the building of the Vatican. The ruins represent only 5% of what originally stood but the site continues to be developed and there is now a 3D visual experience that provides an insight into what the full building once would have looked like (although it is presented only... More

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Reno, Nevada
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Interesting history, ongoing conservation efforts to prevent further deterioration, but no full restoration planned. It was neat to see into the crumbling wall areas for an appreciation of how these structures were built, without the engineering know how and tools of a modern age, quite astounding! The surrounding town is also worth a walk around...

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

lost of history, architecture a spiritual place. the abbey has parts standing from the 10th to the early 12th centuries. if you like history go have a visit

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Wadsworth, Illinois
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

We went here with someone who had gone to school here about 40 years ago. He had wonderful stories about all of the mischief he got into then. Their use of technology is fabulous - screens are set up that can be turned 360 degrees that show you what the Abbey used to look like. It's great for those of... More

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Stockholm
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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

The Abbey of Cluny was founded in the 10th century, but unfortunately teared down during the Revolution. So, you have to imagine the splendour and glory of this benedictine abbey, since it was enormous. There are only some parts which are preserved; In the museum, you can see other parts and get the story behind it.

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cornwall england
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9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Basically a ruin with a lot of history,but not a lot to look at or inspire. The town of Cluny is very important in historical terms.

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