Cluny Abbey, the site restored

In Cluny, in 910, Duke William of Aquitaine founded an abbey on the edge of a valley south of Burgundy. Since its foundation, the new facility is dedicated to St. Peter and St. Paul, that is to say, it depends only on the Pope and it is free from any secular influence. The monastery reached its peak in the late 11th and early 12th century. Abandoned after the revolution, the abbey church was looted and sold to a merchant who made a stone quarry. Finally we cut it in half to create a new street in the city. The long agony lasted until 1823. Today, there remains a tenth of the ecclesia major.

    Cluny la nef

You will find the site of Cluny and explained in the animated DVD "masterpieces of Roman art"

DVD5 - 16:9 - PAL all zones

55 minutes

Type: Documentary cultural

Languages: EN, FR, GER, ESP, ITAL

The great transept
  Transept Cluny

Cluny's community gathers over 1,000 abbeys and priories scattered all over Europe. 10,000 monks are under the authority of a common father who becomes the second most important figure after the Pope. The expanding project of the parent company began in 1088 under Abbot Hugh of Semur. 42 years later in 1130, Pope Innocent II solemnly committed "major ecclesia".

  The Choir

Its dimensions are impressive: 187 feet long, five naves with a central vault of arches 30 meters high, two transepts and a choir provided an opening of 5 ambulatory chapels. This comprehensive plan dubbed "the promenade of Angels" mets the needs of the liturgical movement. Majestic threshold between the visible and invisible, this gigantic abbey remain the largest church in Christendom until the rebuilding of St. Peter's in Rome in the 16th century.

  Views of the apse and transepts
  Cluny Chevet

The biggest procession will reach more than 1000 monks in 1132 at a meeting of the entire order. The audacity and the sheer size of this architecture was associated with increased inner multiplying the rows of arches, fluted columns and Corinthian capitals. By taking these architectural motifs from antiquity, the designers wanted Cluny to be the new return to Rome and all the prestige of the city of the popes.