Cluniac sites in Europe
Cluny was a centre of monastic reform in the 10th century and gradually became a Church whose work led to the regeneration of the medieval world...
Cluny was a centre of monastic reform in the 10th century and gradually became a Church whose work led to the regeneration of the medieval world... spreading into Christendom, rethinking social relationships, organising space for an ideal society, etc. And so by the beginning of the 12th century, Cluny was the head of some 1 500 'Cluniac sites' in Western Europe: France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, United Kingdom, Belgium, etc.
This extraordinary influence included the construction in Cluny, during the 11th and 12th centuries, of the largest abbey church ever built: the Maior Ecclesia, which is more than 180m in length! Different architectural styles, a unique harmonious shape and its sculptures and paintings all contribute to the wonderful heritage passed on by the monks to future generations: every Cluniac site embodies the abbey! Together, they draw inspiration from the Cluniac heritage and undertake scientific, educational, cultural and tourism work.
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