Rendez-vous at the Abbey of Cluny

  • © Centre des monuments nationaux. David Bordes

  • © Centre des monuments nationaux. Ph. Berthé

  • © Centre des monuments nationaux. Ph. Berthé

  • © Centre des monuments nationaux. David Bordes

Rendez-vous at the Abbey of Cluny Abbaye de Cluny 71250 Cluny fr

The spiritual and artistic capital of the Middle Ages

Founded in 910, the Benedictine Abbey of Cluny was governed by a line of exceptional abbots and at the height of its influence in the 12th century, it was at the head of an "empire" of some 10,000 monks. The main abbey church is quite simply breathtaking with the highest vaulted roof of the Romanesque world rising some 30 metres above the nave. The bell tower is equally impressive.

A new tour includes a 3D film to give a sense of the majesty of what was once Christendom’s largest church. Inside the abbey, a new projection system of computergenerated pictures recreates the lost parts of the church with sophisticated effects of perspective, lighting and the impressions of changing weather conditions. Move the screens to discover the abbey just as you would have found it in the 15th century!

A European Heritage site.

Tour

  • Unaccompanied tour with guide booklet: French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch

Reservations required

Duration: 1 hr

  • Touch model for the visually impaired
  • Audio-guide tour: French, English, German, Spanish
  • Guided Abbey tour: French, German

Reservations: 2 weeks

Duration: 1 hr 15 min

No supplement. Other visitors are free to join the group.

  • Lecture tour of the Abbey (and the town): French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch

Reservations: 2 weeks

Duration: from 1 hr 30 min to 2 hrs 30 min

  • Maximun group size without splitting up 50 people maximum for each show of the 3D film (10 min)

Access

  • 22 km from the Beaune/Lyon motorway and 5 km from the Bourges/Geneva main road, 24 km north-west of Mâcon
  • From Beaune or Lyon: A6 exit Mâcon south then RN79, Paray-le-Monial to the D980, Cluny
  • From Bourges or Mâcon: RN79 to the D980, Cluny

Contact

Abbaye de Cluny
71250 Cluny

Unaccompanied / guided tours:
Tel: +33 (0)3 85 59 15 93  

Lecture tours:
Tel: +33 (0)3 85 59 82 72 - Email: abbaye-de-cluny@monuments-nationaux.fr