An Architectural Feat from the Middle Ages Is Revealed
The springtime exhibition of the National Medieval Museum (Musée national du Moyen Age) in Paris reveals a magnificent work of architecture and archeology. Guests staying at the Regencia Hotel should not miss this exhibition if they are interested in history, architecture or anthropology.
The gateway of the Cluny Abbey was constructed and sculpted around 1100 – 1120, and is considered to be one of the greatest sculptural achievements of the Burgandy region — a region steeped in archeological and cultural history. The original gateway measured 5.6 meters in width and 3.25 meters in height (about 18 feet by 11 feet), and had several architectural features that were very difficult to achieve in the 12th century.
The original gateway was intentionally demolished in 1810, and between 1928 and 1989, over 6000 of its fragments were uncovered little by little. Experts eventually began to reconstruct the gateway using these fragments, and now their work is open for the public to see at the exhibition Cluny 1120. Once the exhibition is over, the gateway will be moved to its permanent home at the Ochier Museum in Cluny, France.
Visitors who are curious about this architectural achievement should therefore hurry to the National Medieval Museum in order to have a look before the gateway heads to Cluny. They will be pleasantly surprised to discover that the gateway is not the only thing being displayed. The Cluny 1120 exhibition also brings together sculptures from Cluny that were previously being displayed all over the world. In addition, a 3D film has been created by the Gunzo laboratory explaining just how special the gateway is.
The exhibition is going on until July 2, 2012.
Musée national du Moyen Age
6 place Paul Painlevé, 75005 Paris
Metro: Cluny-La Sorbonne / Saint-Michel / Odéon
Open every day except Tuesday from 9:15 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.