Cluny and Cluniac sites, UNESCO World Heritage status ?
Since 2018 the European Federation of Clunisien sites has been working with various different european organisations and institutions to make it possible for the grouping best named as « Cluny and Cluniac sites » to be included on the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites.
The actual places and their treasures, whether natural or cultural, constitute an important heritage for mankind. UNESCO, after having approved the general idea of « exceptional universal value » then decided to produce a list of « world heritage sites ». The objective ? To assure their preservation and appreciation.
To get « Cluny and Cluniac sites » placed on such a list is to ensure that we keep witness to the legacy and influence of the abbey of Cluny in an European context over history. It’s therefore not about celebrating the past but preparing the future !
Registering with UNESCO
On the list of UNESCO world heritage sites are more than a thousand places, all having a cultural or natural heritage that the « World heritage committee » of UNESCO feels is of an exceptional universal value : their very existence enriches us all while their loss would represent a loss for all humanity. Becoming a world heritage site is obviously the best way by which to become really well known and to be raised to a level of internationally-recognised importance ; it is also, though, a guarantee that such a site will be particularly well protected.