Cluny attractions

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Église Abbatiale

Cluny's vast abbey church, built between 1088 and 1130, once extended from the map table in front of the Palais Jean de Bourbon to the trees near the octagonal Clocher de l'Eau Bénite (Tower of the Holy Water) and t…
Farm in Cluny

Haras National

Founded by Napoléon in 1806, the Haras National houses some of France's finest thoroughbreds, ponies and draught horses. A regular schedule of afternoon guided tours runs from April to early November (days and hours…
Museum in Cluny

Musée d'Art et d'Archéologie

For an enlightening historical perspective on Cluny and its abbey, start your visit at this archaeological museum inside the Palais Jean de Bourbon. Displays include a historically accurate scale model of the entire…
Castle in Cluny

Château de Cormatin

The Renaissance-style Château de Cormatin is renowned for its opulent 17th-century, Louis XIII–style interiors (accessible via a one-hour guided tour) and formal gardens. Look for it 14km north of Cluny along the D9…
Tower in Cluny

Tour des Fromages

To better appreciate the abbey's vastness, climb the 120 steps to the top of this tower, once used to ripen cheeses. Access is through the tourist office.
Church in Cluny

Basilique du Sacré-Cœur

The major attraction of Paray-le-Monial, about 50km to the west of Cluny, is its Romanesque Basilique du Sacré-Cœur, whose construction started in the 11th century. Its layout and architectural style are similar to …
Church in Cluny

Église Notre Dame

This 13th-century Gothic church sits just across from the tourist office.
Church in Cluny

Église St-Marcel

Closed to the public, this late-12th-century church is still worth a passing look for its octagonal, three-storey belfry.