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Chartreuse de Villeneuve lez Avignon

58 Rue de la Republique, 30400 Villeneuve-les-Avignon, France
04 90 15 24 24
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Type: Monuments/ Statues, Historic Sites
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

We came upon this attraction by chance and ended up strolling through the site for a few hours and having a nice lunch. Like many places this site has history abound and given it was quite (not many people when we there in fact almost no one) allowed us a visit that lacked the normal maddening crowds issue that many... More

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Comet, Qld
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

We really enjoyed this interesting tour which fortunately had an excellent audio guide in many different languages (our group used them in French, English and Polish) to interpret and explain the displays. A very peaceful place and well worth a visit.

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Faversham
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

Enjoyed the calm, the little gardens, and especially the "prisoners" rooms. Villeneuve is a lovely "suburb" of Avignon with many lovely old houses and quaint streets, and quite walkable from Avignon. The combined entrance fee with Fort St Andre is a good deal.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

The Chartreuse is very sprawling with interesting nooks and crannies. There are a few restored rooms of monks that made us imagine what life would be like. You also had to wonder where the junior monks stayed. It was a welcome change from seeing ruined castles and over top palaces.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

It's beginnings date back to Pope Innocent VI around 1352. There is a nice walking circuit outlined which allows one to explore and soak up the history. (Lots of reading if you opt for reading boards placed here and there). Some has been very nicely restored and there are beautiful frescoes also being restored. There is also a Cafe/Restaurant on... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

The monastery with its cloisters and beautiful frescos in the chapel, is a fascinating place to visit. The gardens were peaceful and well-tended, with free entry the day we were there, as part of an open garden scheme across Provence. Even without much literature about the history of the place, the atmosphere of the past was strong. There is a... More

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Spend a day exploring Villeneuve les Avignon, you will enjoy the ambiance. This old monastery is a peaceful reflection on a time gone by.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

The place is lovely. It is huge. The visit is very interesting. I was just a bit disappointed by the poor information given. Few boards give very minimal explanation. I thought for a place like this with so much history I would be able to learn how, when, why.... But nothing ... This is a shame!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

This former monastery and its lovely cloisters was a delightful respite on hot summer afternoon, after the busy streets of old Avignon. It was nice to walk around the buildings, explore the rooms, see the old frescoes in the chapel, and the enjoy this nicely restored place.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013 via mobile

I can't believe the reviewers below are talking about the same place as me! 5.50eu is a lot to pay to come here. There is little to see, a half broken church, some lame gardens, many empty stone rooms. Some of the restoration work looks very obvious and does not work seem least with the original at all. Not much... More

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