Visit Cluny, France, with famous Monastry, Church and Medieval Town between the Vines of Burgundy

Cluny is a medieval town with an important history. The monastery and church are impressive, as are the remnants of Gothic and Romanesque architecture.

Visit Cluny during a fair and you will see that the town still boast of life after 1107 years of existence!

Visit Cluny, France, between the vines of beautiful Burgundy. A medieval town with impressive monastery and church widely influential in Europe in its time. #cluny #burgundy #france

Some of you know that we moved to Burgundy, France, a few months ago. We decided to visit Cluny, France, on one of our first day trips, excited to explore our new home region. 

Visit Cluny, France, for Fairs and Markets

Approaching the town of Cluny we noticed an accumulation of cars beside the road. Lucky us, a fair, offering delicious local products and lunch. We didn’t go for the local favorite Boudin like most of the French visitors. It looked similar to black pudding – enough to stay away from it 😉

Visit Cluny, France, between the vines of beautiful Burgundy. A medieval town with impressive monastery and church widely influential in Europe in its time. #cluny #burgundy #france

We bought a months supply of nougat, fruit jelly, cheese and dried meat, just because the vendors were so sympathetic (or we are bad at saying “no”!).

If you are in the region you shouldn’t miss out on a visit to Cluny, France, for the Foire de la Saint-Martin 2017 on the 4th of November. The fair takes place since 1541 and offers a wide range of food, art and animals in the streets of the beautiful medieval town and horse shows, exposition of the local cow breeds and a small animal farm for the kiddies. 

Visit Cluny, France, Situation


Visit Cluny, France, for Abbey and Church


Benedictine Abbey and Church of Cluny

It’s hard to believe nowadays that the Benedictine Abbey of Cluny was the nucleus of influence across Europe in the Middle Ages. For many centuries it was the largest church of western Christendom till St Peter’s Dome of Rom exceeded it in size.



Visit Cluny, France, for Romanesque and Gothic Architecture


First of all we walked past remnants of prestigious architectural testimonies of nine centuries of monastic life.


Radiating out of the monastery grounds, Romanesque and Gothic houses are silent reminders of the past as living quarters for the more privileged.




Visit Cluny, France, further Points of Interest

Jean de Bourbon Palace / Museum

The house is a rare example of a Gothic style manor house with its impressive reception rooms and monumental fireplaces. The Jean de Borbon Palace is also called the Museum of Art and Archaeology and keeps fragments of the great abbey, the cloister, the flour store and the monks’ cell.

Belvedere Square and Great Abbey Church

Between the Saint Hugues Hostelry (11th century) and the Palace of the Pope Gelasius (entrance to the Monk’s enclosure) we saw the remains of the narthex, five naves and the Great Abbey courtyard at the Belvedere Square.



Fromages’ Tower

From Fromages’ Tower stunning panoramic views spread out over the abbey city.

Visit Cluny, France, Map



Visit Cluny, France, Tourist Information

visit-cluny-france-2We found bronze markers on the pavements which indicate which way to go to sights of interests in Cluny. Unfortunately the signs with descriptions are almost always in French, so you’ll need to take a tour in your language or download an app to learn about Cluny.


Tours start at the Tourist Office, where you get maps and all the information you will need. If you visit Cluny on a busy day, you’ll might rather want to book your tour online.

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Author: Marcelle Simone Heller

I’m searching for natural beauty and wilderness, while I’m travelling relentlessly to find delightful places and encounters with wildlife. I try to capture the thrill of the moments in photography and words, hoping to inspire others with the love for animals and nature.

16 thoughts on “Visit Cluny, France, with famous Monastry, Church and Medieval Town between the Vines of Burgundy”

  1. I am also so bad at saying no to vendors, especially when the food is unique and something we can’t get at home. I loved your pictures, we would love to visit Cluny one day 🙂

  2. I’ve never been to the middle of France, only north, south and Paris. Cluny looks stunning with all the Romanesque and Gothic architecture. I’d love to photograph this town.

  3. I’m a big fan of France and have visited many times but I’ve not been to Cluny yet. It’s a shame because it looks like a great place with that typical French charm.

  4. What a wonderful medieval town to visit along with its impressive architecture. I have not been to Cluny but need to add it to my list when I’m in Europe. The Benedictine Abby would be wonderful to see. #feetdotravel

    1. If you like to visit smaller towns on the countryside, it’s wonderful to follow the wine route in Burgundy which passes Cluny. I hope you’ll be able to. It’s beautiful, especially in fall.

  5. If this is your new home, I shall look forward yo reading more about this region, deep in the heart of France, which I am only learning about now through you! I can imagine there are many more architectural interesting places to visit which would be a history buff and photographers dream, what a lovely place you can call home. #feetdotravel

  6. I wasn’t prepared for the beauty of this place! The first photo took me by surprise. I need to add it to my France bucket list. The region is neat too. I like to bump into fairs and markets.

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