Abbey of Cluny, France

Founded in AD 910, the Abbey of Cluny grew to become the spiritual and administrative centre of one of the largest monastic networks in European history, facilitating the circulation of people, books, artistic ideas and scientific knowledge across national borders.

Consequently, the Cluniac order exerted an important influence on the Christian world of Western Europe throughout the Middle Ages.

Today many initiatives contribute to keeping the European Cluniac spirit alive such as the invitation of researchers from all over Europe and the keeping of the site open for the general public.

Find out more about the selection of the site from the panel's report.