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Cluny is famous for its once powerful and wealthy Benedictine Abbey built from 909 onwards.  At one time, the abbey was answerable to the Pope only and responsible for over 1100 additional abbeys and religious institutions and over 10,000 monks throughout medieval Europe.  You can't fail to be impressed by the sheer size of this building - the largest abbey to be built in the Christian world before St Peters of Rome.

The Abbey is now home to an art and archaeological museum complete with Roman carvings, two churches, a charity hospital known as the Hotel Dieu with an impressive fresco by Chaimowicz and some typical Roman and Gothic houses (the town having expanded alongside the Abbey).

In fact, large parts of the medieval city are still intact.  For a good overview of the town's layout, ramparts and surrounding Burgundy countryside head to the Tour de Fromages, a tower where cheeses were once matured and then sold.

A visit to Cluny wouldn't be complete without a tour of the Haras National or national stud farm.  Constructed by Napoleon along with 30 other stud farms in France, you'll discover the 19th-century stables along with their thoroughbred stallions.

What to See - Cluny Attractions

Abbey and Art Museum
Eglise Abbatiale, Cluny 71250
A former Benedictine Abbey constructed in 909 now houses a museum of art and archaeology with medieval sculptures
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Open daily except bank hols | Tel: +33 (0)3 85 59 89 99

Eglise Notre Dame
Rue Notre Dame, Cluny 71250
One of Cluny's two churches built in the 13th-century
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)3 85 59 05 34

Hotel Dieu
Rue de la Liberte, Cluny 71250
A former charity hospital with own chapel which boasts a worthy fresco by Camille Chaimowicz
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)3 85 59 59 59

Le Cellier de L'Abbaye
13, rue municipale, Cluny 71250
Wine tasting - enjoy some of the better Burgundy wines
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)3 85 59 04 00

Haras National
2, rue Porte des Pres, Cluny 71250
National farm stud built in 1806 by Napoleon where some of France's finest stallions are bred
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Open until Oct 15, Closed Mon & Sat | Tel: +33 (0)6 22 94 52 69