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Address: Palais Gelase | Place du 11 août 1944, 71250, Cluny, France
Phone Number: +33 3 85 59 15 93
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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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LOTS OF HISTORY HERE

The Abbey of Cluny is a remarkable structure, even more so when you find out that 95% of the original church of the abbey is gone - destroyed a few hundred years ago and the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 October 2016
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Oak Park, California

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

At one time this was an impressive structure - at some 600 feet long and 100 feet tall, it was the largest Christian church until 16th century when Saint Peters in Rome was built. After the French revolution most of the church was destroyed, so what remains is a small portion of the original and more like a ruins than... More 

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Jersey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Fascinating history over many centuries. Frustrating because of the destruction of the majority of the magnificent buildings - in the name of religion!!!! Visited as a group with a multi language guide - pre-booked. If you have any interest in local/regional/country history - this is definitely one to see.

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Oak Park, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

The Abbey of Cluny is a remarkable structure, even more so when you find out that 95% of the original church of the abbey is gone - destroyed a few hundred years ago and the stones used in other buildings in the area. There is still a fair amount to see, but mostly devoid of furnishings. The grounds are lovely... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Cluny is a great city to visit if you are staying in Beaune or the surrounding area. It's about a one hour drive from Beaune and the drive takes you through quaint villages and you may want to stop off at a chateau or two like Cormatin. It's hard to fathom what the Abbey looked like back in the 12th... More 

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

It took me 2 visits to rap my head around the original church .... but the history is amazing and they are still excavating!! Really give it as much time as you can it's very interesting!!

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

We're really glad we visited Cluny Abbey. We both knew a little of the history and ecclesiastical significance of it in advance, which I think meant we enjoyed it more. Though the gift shop was very well stocked with books about Cluny and its wider significance, including editions in English. And a fantastic graphic of the development of different monastic... More 

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

have visited the area regularly for over 20 years and visited the Abbey for the first time last year Very little to see - on the tourist trail so very busy and a bit of a let down

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

Clunky and Cluny Abbey are well worth a visit; it is very visitor friendly with English speaking staff and commentary. Allow a good half day to do this.

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

Visited the Abbey as it is part of Cluny history. The 3D information film is very informative - 3D glasses and English recording available which obviously helped. Audio sequence for the Abbey available at an extra cost which took you around the abbey trail. Cost for entry adult 9.50 euro

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

Most of the original abbey has been destroyed, but there are models showing what it used to be like - and it's still intriguing to see. It helps to have a guide explain things, as the displays and ruins can be rather uninteresting if you don't know the layout and history. When you begin to understand the size and past... More 

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