Cultural Routes in Focus : Cluniac Sites in Europe. Interview with Christophe Voros of the European Federation of Cluniac Sites
Why and how did your cultural itinerary begin?
The Cluny abbey radiated throughout Europe from the 11th century until the end of the Middle Ages. It is by celebrating the 1000 years of the death of his 4th abbot, Mayeul (+994), that the sites that share this same history decided in 1994 to create the Federation which today carries the Cultural Route of the Council of Europe. This European structure was developed with the help of elected officials of the communes concerned, but also that of associations working for the Cluniac heritage, as well as hundreds of other citizens. Their desire was to engrave their cultural, tourism and communication actions in the perspective of this shared history. More information on our site.
How does your Cultural Route contribute to European values, history and heritage?
We believe that "making Europe" means sharing the same information and making it accessible to everyone. The Federation has therefore designed digital tools in 4 (soon to be 5) languages, such as the website or the Clunypedia platform, where a digital map presents each week new Cluniac sites geolocated on the European territory! This map is created with academics who study the Cluniac question. On the other hand, in addition to the usual cultural activities (conferences, document editing), each Cluniac site puts in place a unique specific signage and focusses on thematic or cross-border projects with the network. For more information, click here.
In which new countries do you see your Route in the near future?
Currently, the network of Cluniac Sites is active in Scotland, England, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Italy, Spain and France. Contacts were established with the Portuguese Ministry of Culture and Belgian communities to integrate these two new countries into the Federation. But Central Europe will soon be in the spotlight (autumn 2018) with the identification of the network of sites of the great Abbey of Hirsau, which was developed in the Middle Ages by adapting the customs of Cluny on the lands of the Holy German Roman Empire ... Not to mention the Baltic countries, which would house, it is said, some remarkable sites of Cluniac influence! ... For a map of the network, click here.