The Paisley Abbey team is seeking to put the town on the map by applying for World Heritage status

The Paisley Abbey team is seeking to put the town on the map by applying for World Heritage status

Paisley Abbey has a special place in the hearts of Buddies – and it can now be raised in the eyes of the rest of the world too amid a bid to be added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The famous religious building is part of a European consortium of 109 Cluniac sites – churches, abbeys and abbeys built in the Middle Ages – which serve to achieve important status.




There are currently 1,199 World Heritage sites in the world, 33 of which are in the United Kingdom, and only six of which are in Scotland.

If the bid is successful, Paisley will be put on the map as a site of great historical interest, which could attract more tourists as a result.

It is hoped that the abbey, along with other sites, will create a ‘cultural route’ of international importance to Cluniac places across Europe.

For more than 200 years before building work began at Paisley, the French Abbey of Cluny in Burgundy was the center of the most successful religious order in Europe.

It was second only to the Pope in Rome in terms of spiritual authority, and the driving force of the most comprehensive religious reform movement of the Middle Ages.

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