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1100th Anniversary of Cluny Abbey 2009 - 2010


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"In 909 or 910, a Benedictine abbey was founded at Cluny, in Burgundy. 250 years later, the abbey was at the head of approximately 1,400 Cluniac establishments in western Europe. This heritage network, now a cultural route of the Council of Europe, is to celebrate this anniversary in a variety of ways from September 2009 until December 2010 "

It is said that it was the house of Cluny linked the story of Charlemagne to the Santiago pilgrimage.
Some of the places along the caminos listed by Mullins as belonging to the Benedictines of Cluny were Vezelay, Moissac, St Giles, Saintes, St Jean d' Angely, Poitiers, Limoges, St Julian-le-Pauvre in Paris, Toulouse, Santa Cruz de la Serós (1061 first convent for nuns in Aragon to come under the house of Cluny): San Juan de la Pena: San Salvador, Leyre from 1025: Estella, Irache, Najera - Santa Maria la Real; Burgos, Fromista, San Zoilo in Carrion de los Condes from 1076: Sahgun 1078: Astorga, and Villafranca.
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This is really interesting stuff, Sil, and thanks for posting it.
It was the influence of Cluny which changed forever the religious focus on the Camino in the late 11th and 12th century, especially Compostela with Diego Gelmirez at the helm.
Anyone wanting to know about this bishop might like to access the Library of Iberian Resources Online at
Fletcher's book is forming the backbone of my current research for "Compostela" the follow up book to Pilgrimage to Heresy. It's fascinating and reads almost like a novel and brings the enigmatic Gelmirez to life. There is a lot more on the same site for anyone interested in the history of Spain and Portugal.
Tracy Saunders

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