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During the Middle Ages, Cluny Abbey was the epicentre of a European monastic empire. Its position at the heart of this empire lasted for three hundred years, until the construction of the Saint-Pierre Basilica of Rome in 1506.
Founded in 910AD, the Benedictine Abbey of Cluny was governed by a line of exceptional abbots. At the height of its influence in the 12th century, its ‘empire’ comprised around 10,000 monks.
With nine centuries of monastic history, Cluny has a rich religious heritage. The town itself contains several monastic buildings, an Art and Archaeology Museum that houses a number of Roman sculptures, a monastic village with examples of Roman and Gothic houses, two churches, and the majestic Hotel-Dieu, where visitors can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of the Tour des Fromages. A particular highlight for visitors is the Maior Ecclesia, Cluny’s largest church. Quite simply a fascinating feat of architecture, the church contains the highest vaulted roof of the Romanesque world, rising some 30 metres above the nave.
May 2nd - August 31st: 9.30am - 6.30pm
September 1 - April 30: 9.30am - 12 noon, 1.30pm to 5pm
Last admission 20 minutes before closing time.
January 1, May 1, November 1, November 11 and December 25.