Chartreuse de Villeneuve lez Avignon

Chartreuse de Villeneuve lez Avignon

Chartreuse de Villeneuve lez Avignon
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The pontifical Carthusian monastery of the Val-de-Bénédiction was founded in the 14th century by Pope Innocent VI. The frescoes of the Saint John Baptist's Chapel were painted by Matteo Giovanetti, who created the frescoes in Avignon Palace. The three cloisters, surrounded by forty cells and gardens, made it one of the largest Carthusian monstery in France.
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  • marcy s
    Vancouver, Canada657 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots of history
    A lot of history with plenty of rooms, arches and gardens to walk through. Learned some history. Portions of the building were re-purposed for art exhibitions while still keeping the old historical building intact.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written September 25, 2023
  • SteveSaporito
    Melbourne, Australia160 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Step back in time
    Lots to see and the self guided pamphlets are great in describing the history of this monastery. The digital room gives you a look back in time as it would have looked like many years ago. A relaxing morning and a great coffee and cake at the end with a quick stop at the cafe
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 14, 2023
  • Pietr
    Katoomba, Australia923 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sprawling magnificent history
    Well worth setting aside an hour or two to visit this former monastery/cathedral of the Carthusian order. We enjoyed an uncrowded stroll through the halls and rooms - great photography potential! Ooozing with history and easily accessible - hardly any stairs.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 7, 2024
  • Bernie S
    Belfast, United Kingdom777 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting visit
    We came on this site by chance and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. There is a literature centre on the site and it is not immediately obvious that you can do a tour. It is an old monastery with lots to see and a garden to rest in. Well worth a visit. it is easily accessible by bus from Avignon. The nearest stop is Parking Chartreuse. not very well sign posted
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 12, 2024
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Pietr
Katoomba, Australia923 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Well worth setting aside an hour or two to visit this former monastery/cathedral of the Carthusian order. We enjoyed an uncrowded stroll through the halls and rooms - great photography potential! Ooozing with history and easily accessible - hardly any stairs.
Written May 7, 2024
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Bernie S
Belfast, UK777 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We came on this site by chance and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. There is a literature centre on the site and it is not immediately obvious that you can do a tour. It is an old monastery with lots to see and a garden to rest in. Well worth a visit. it is easily accessible by bus from Avignon. The nearest stop is Parking Chartreuse. not very well sign posted
Written June 12, 2024
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Kayban
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Just a short walk over the bridge (no buses running on a Sunday...) villeneuve is a welcome break from the madness of Avignon, especially at festival time. I can't imagine anywhere more calm and tranquil than these beautiful buildings and gardens. I had the place almost to myself and came away feeling rejuvenated. There is some information in different languages around the site and a cafe and restaurant. Definitely worth a trip over the river - and bonus great views of Avignon on the journey back.
Written July 24, 2011
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Jeanie G
Illinois45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We weren't really sure what to expect of the Chartreuse monastery. However, just walking into the Allee' des Muriers, made us immediately aware that we were entering an other worldly place. The monastery draws one in with it's gardens, frescoes, cloisters and courtyards as you walk through one ancient door after another. Some of the monk's cells (open for public viewing) help to enlighten visitors to the solice and meditation of the lives once lived within these walls.
Written November 22, 2019
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londonthroandthro
London, UK19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Highly recommend the restaurant inside the monastery. It's charming; and the food is tasty and ginormous portions. The staff was friendly and helpful.
Written August 29, 2019
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AkisNora
Thessaloniki, Greece140 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
Very interesting and impressive complex, very well preserved and restaured; don't miss it if you are around.
Written May 5, 2019
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JAN222
JAN22271 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
From the street you do not expect the size, beauty or depth of this place where you can wander about on both levels. Incredible. Tip: Don't miss, and it's easy to do so, the brief movie on how they are creating a 3D virtual replica of the Pont d' Avignon. It is near the entrance to l'eglise.
Written April 25, 2019
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Philippe F
38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
Touted as the largest Chartreuse in France, this one is located just a few minutes outside Avignon, right next to the ominous Fort Saint-André.

One of the monks' cells has been restored so visitors get a sense of the daily life in the monastery. No prison-like cells here: this was the richest of Charteuses, each monk living in a 3-room appartment, with a view on an adjacent garden.

The common areas are beautifully preserved and a testimony to architectural styles ranging from the 13th to the 17th century.

There were very few visitors when we visited, but I would think that during high-season the place might be vrawling with tourists. As the visit is very peaceful and solemn, you may not want to bring younger children along if they have trouble keeping relatively quiet for an hour or two.
Written October 29, 2018
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H C H
Lincoln, UK60 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Friends
A well-preserved but empty Carthusian house a short walk from the centre of Vikleneuve-les-Avignon, home now to a well-regarded restaurant (not tested) and also used from concerts etc.

Visitors pay the fee and then wander round independently. There isn't much signage and few explanations. Anyone who has visited another Charterhouse woukd be aware of the rule of silence, the individual 'cells', the daily pattern of work and prayer and the limited communal encounters, but I didn't see anything to explain them to visitors here.

But the golden stone and the gardens and the deep, deep peace make it very special.
Written July 21, 2018
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ShomerShabbatFamily
Evanston, IL 6020232 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
Fascinating window into medieval monastic life, well explained and laid out; beautiful building. When we were there, there was also an interesting set of modern short art
films on biblical stories.
Written August 9, 2017
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