Stroll through medieval Cluny, a quaint French village with more Romanesque houses than the whole of England! It might be known for its impressive abbey, but the monastic village that developed around the monastery has just as much to offer visitors.
On this walking tour, I’ll share with you the early history and development of the village, from just a few dwellings around the Abbey to one of the spiritual centres of Europe. We’ll explore houses from several chapters in history, where I’ll point out the details hidden in the facades, and tease out the stories of former inhabitants.
We’ll meander along tiny alleyways, pass gorgeous squares, and marvel at some of the majestic buildings that once represented the village’s illustrious past. Find out the secret history behind the Cheese Tower. Take a peek into Cluny’s lovely gardens, and meet the cast of characters, from abbots to merchants, that breathed life into this charming village far from the bustle of Paris.
Allow an hour for this walking tour as there is much to see along the way!