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Chartreuse de Villeneuve lez Avignon

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Address: 58 rue de la Republique, 30400 Villeneuve-les-Avignon, France
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The pontifical Carthusian monastery of the Val-de-Bénédiction was founded...

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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Great monastery

Although renovated it is done sympathetically. The kiosk could be more friendly, and luckily the paper guide does help get your bearings. Well worth a visit

Reviewed 1 week ago
malcolm w
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Although renovated it is done sympathetically. The kiosk could be more friendly, and luckily the paper guide does help get your bearings. Well worth a visit

Thank malcolm w
Sutton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

According to the Tourist Information Bureaux this is the principle attraction of Villeneuve lez Avignon, and its not difficult to see why, even though there are some other interesting sites in the same area, some of which are available with a combo ticket. Take your time to wander around and be sure to check out some of the smaller areas... More 

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Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

Spent a good two hours wandering the cloisters of this gorgeous building - we almost had the place to ourselves on a very warm spring afternoon. The kids (11 and 12) were given a quiz to do on a tablet which inspired them to look more closely at their surroundings which included a monk's cell, a pope's tomb, some deep... More 

Thank mummyofaandw
Helsinki, Finland
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Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Avignon tourist attractions is being marketed much. This we found unexpectedly. The old monastery was a really interesting place to visit. The great and the old monastery was a good place to get to know the history. Combo ticket to monastery and Fort Saint-Andre is recommented.

Thank HOHarrison
Brussels, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2016

A nice surprise close to the (dominant) history of Avignon. Well-done restoration with proper attention to historic detail. Combined with Fort St Andre it is a welcome change for Avignon.

Thank Pieter D
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Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

Former monastery of Benedictine monks in the heart of Villeneuve-les-Avignon, a few meters away from the main square. A bookshop with books of poetry, litterature, arts, history and architecture, of french and international authors. A cosy café with a fireplace for the cold months and an inner yard for the warm and sunny ones. Several buildings interesting themselves, hosting a... More 

London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 November 2016

Really worth a visit. It is interesting and a great place to spend an hour or so. Villeneuve is a lovely little town to pass some time, have a meal and wander.

Thank Mark and Wils B
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Reviewed 3 October 2016

Built as a charterhouse, reconstructed as an artist's colony. Interesting location to see what a monk's cell really looked like.

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Bedale, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

A free visit, as it was the weekend of heritage. We spent almost an hour wandering around the monastery, including seeing the cloisters, the monks cells, the chapel with lovely frescos, and the popes Mausaleum. Well worth the time spent in a peaceful setting.

Thank Francis M
Waihi Beach, New Zealand
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Reviewed 17 September 2016

We enjoyed wandering around however we were very disappointed with the lack of information, especially in English. Apparently it has an interesting history but we were not able to discover what that was. Unfortunately one of the reception staff was very miserable and unwelcoming.

Thank Sue H

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