La Vie à Lyon

Living, learning and loving in Lyon !

Cluny Abbey

Sim and I visited Cluny Abbey, in Bourgogne, last summer. The abbey itself was founded in 910, and throughout the centuries has gone from being the  headquarters of the largest monastic order of western Europe, to being attacked, dismantled and sold and, finally, restored.

The town of Cluny, population around 5 000, is built in and around the abbey. Today’s mairie is yesterday’s ‘Palace of Abbot Jacques d’Amboise’, where important visitors stayed. The less important stayed in the 11th century guest house, which is now the art gallery. The abbey gardens are now the town’s park.

The abbot’s palace / Cluny Mairie.


 You can just wander around the abbey, of course – it is a town – but if you want to visit the historical buildings within, you need to buy a ticket (8€ or less). 


 We can go when you come to visit! Bisous!


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