Up to the 18th century, Cluniac sites reflected the Europe-wide influence of Cluny Abbey both on a spiritual, economic, social and political level and in the areas of the arts and architecture.
Willam the Pious, Duke of Aquitaine, founded a Benedictine Abbey in Cluny in the early 10th century, in the French region of Burgundy. During the Middle Ages, Cluny became a major centre of European civilisation, resulting in the emergence and development of over 1 800 sites throughout western Europe.
Council of Europe values
By reaching out beyond political frontiers, Cluny Abbey, as an integral part of a true church system, contributed to the emergence of a feudal Europe and played a major role in the establishment of a culture that was common to several European regions. Today, the European Federation of Cluniac Sites promotes this common heritage, serving as a fully-fledged tool for intercultural dialogue and understanding of a shared European history.
Cluniac Sites in Europe is certified “Cultural Route of the Council of Europe” since 2005.