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“Abbey of Cluny”
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Abbey of Cluny
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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!
Reviewed June 17, 2012

Beautiful site, with lots of history. Too bad the movie didn't have subtitles (listening to a 30 minutes movie in French is pretty bad...).

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Reviewed May 31, 2012

Whether you are Christian or not, a visit to the abbey of Cluny is essential for a glimpse into the sheer power and wealth of the medieval Christian church and so into the influence that the Roman Catholic Church had over medieval society. The Benedictine abbey was founded in 910 and at the height of its authority had authority over 10,000 monks. The abbey building was largely dismantled after the French Revolution and now only around 5% of it is still standing. However, this 5% still takes around an hour and a half to visit, so you will get some idea of the vast scale of the original. The visit is very clearly signed and the video recreating the entire abbey in three dimensions really helps the imagination to fill in - literally - the gaps in the building.

Once you've seen the abbey, do continue to follow the route of the visit to the grenier, which is the a wonderful 13c building about 200 metres behind the abbey - all included in the price of entry of 9 euros. The ground floor is a large vaulted storage area with perfect acoustics. If you find yourself alone in here - or don't mind an audience - try singing an arpeggio. The echoes resonate for several seconds and the building sings back to you. On the first floor there is what was thought to be the corn store. It has the most intricate and impressive beamed roof - . amazing what they could do in the 1200s without all our modern machinery.

There's a free car park about 300 yards from the abbey which has a ticket office where you can buy tickets for both the abbey and for the Palace of Jean de Bourbon. Altogether one of the most important sites in Burgundy, if not in France. Don't miss it.

2  Thank Darcydachshund
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

Beautifully restored and not expensive to enter. The information is clear and the scale models of how it used to look are a work of art themselves.

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Reviewed August 30, 2011

The Abbaye de Cluny was at one time the largest church in Christendom but only one tower remains after it was expropriated during the French revolution and sold one stone the time. Do take the tour (guided or not) that includes the adjacent palais of Jean de Bourbon. For an online preview of the site, please access: http://www.sacred-destinations.com/france/cluny-abbey

Also, numerous medieval and romanesque churches are located in small countryside Burgandy towns that are worth a visit. At one, we found a man next to the altar singing Gregorian chant. His voice was obviously trained and the church acoustic was absolutely the best I have experienced any where in the world, bar none.

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