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The Benedictine Abbey of Cluny extended its influence throughout Mediaeval Europe. The abbey church was the largest in the Western Christian world before the building of St Peter’s of Rome.

After nine centuries of monastic life, the site now offers a prestigious heritage, including a number of monastic buildings, a Museum of Art and Archaeology housing major works of civil Romanesque sculpture, a Mediaeval City rich in Romanesque and Gothic houses, two churches, and a magnificent Hôtel-Dieu (hospital), and a superb panorama from the top of the Tour des Fromages.

With a National Stud Farm dating back to the 19th century and a number of equestrian events, Cluny has become a National Horse-riding magnet. Cluny houses the prestigious Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts & Métiers – Paris Tech in the abbey buildings

Apart from its prestigious historical and cultural heritage, the town is also a major centre of technological innovation. Virtual animations will bring the past back to life during the tour of the abbey and Cheese Tower. The diversity of the natural environment of Cluny also allows visitors to take advantage of different leisure activities such as cycling and rambling.

Texts extracted from the website of the tourist office of Cluny