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Chartreuse de Villeneuve lez Avignon

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Address: 58 Rue de la Republique, 30400 Villeneuve-les-Avignon, France
Phone Number: 04 90 15 24 24
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Description: 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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Quiet meditative stroll

Started our visit by having lunch at the restaurant which had nice views of building tops of the village. Walking through the monastery was calm and few people so it was very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Started our visit by having lunch at the restaurant which had nice views of building tops of the village. Walking through the monastery was calm and few people so it was very enjoyable. The frescos towards the end are stunning.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

This is a beautiful old monastery. Well worth a visit. There are explanations throughout. You can buy a combined ticket for both this and Fort Saint-Andre. Not many tourists there at all, so you can have the place almost to yourself. There is also a small cafe in there if you wish to stop for a snack or drink. A... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We had not heard of this abbey before. We had just returned from dinner and saw the sign outside describing the history of the abbey. The gates were open so we walked in! As dusk was approaching we just began walking and with each turn discovered something even more beautiful. At one point we happened upon a small restaurant, with... More 

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Avignon, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Really well preserved and always interesting to visit. To join with a visit of the castle... It might be hot sometimes

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Seemingly tucked away on one of the old streets approaching centre of Villeneuve, the abbey opens up to show its dimensions in majestic splendour. Enjoyed an unhurried lunch in Les Jardins d'été Restaurant within La Chatreuse followed by a wonderful tour of the abbey and gardens - idyllic!

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Faversham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

This historic Abbey is in the area of the old town in Villeneuf les Avignon. Although it is no longer used for the production of Chartreuse it is definitely worth the visit. There is free parking although the access is via a very narrow street. As it is in the centre of the town it is easy to make an... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

In the Middle Ages this was the biggest Carthusian monastery in the world. From a rather small starting point it grew and grew and added aver more court yards. Its like an enchanted forest where you have to find your way to courtyard after courtyard and the whole thing is full of surprises. Most famous the beautiful baroque main well... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

The building is nothing fancy but I am alone there and you just feel how peaceful and tranquil the place is. You can not resist reflecting on your life!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Enjoyed a stroll around the monastery and its beautiful cloisters. Some interesting frescoes too. Although there is a formal restaurant there we also discovered that we could eat inexpensively in a pretty courtyard with a more limited menu of substantial snacks a drinks, so it turned out to be a good lunch stop as well as a fascinating visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Surprised by the size given but given there are 3 inner cloisters perhaps one shouldn't. The monastery had a really good feel to it. The building is in excellent condition and offers the opportunity throughout the tour to sit in quiet and take a moment of reflection, something we all need to do. The above mentioned cloisters are excellent, the... More 

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