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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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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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Unique and peaceful place to visit

We went during a quiet time in October and had the place to ourselves for most of our visit. The little cafe was closed, otherwise everything was accessible. There was an... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 20, 2015
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Worthing, United Kingdom

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

We went during a quiet time in October and had the place to ourselves for most of our visit. The little cafe was closed, otherwise everything was accessible. There was an exhibition amidst some of the cells and spaces which really provided an amazing contrast to the ancient building and history. Very moving and thought provoking. We were staying in... More 

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Spalding, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

We chose the right time to visit, being greeted by a warm smile from the receptionist who announce that entry was free that day as there was a light (as in electric light) art show and other school activities taking place. Interesting to see some of how the monks used to live.

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Rocky Mount, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Only open in summer - so if you are there, delightful place for a small supper. Wonderful view of the roofs of Villeneuve, very casual & delightful.

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Thank SheribaDaggaGirl
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015 via mobile

Villeneuve les Avignon was a great place to stay. The monastery was fabulous. It was free to go round on Sunday when we went, I'm not sure why. The building is very interesting and there is quite a lot to see. There is also a very nice cafe with a library and open log fire! I recommend anyone to visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

The scale of this monastery is surprising and throughout the very extensive site everything has been wonderfully preserved. The magnificent restored gates at the entrance to the monastery are worth the visit alone but the whole place provides a very good feel of monastic life and the peaceful and beautiful surroundings in which the monks lived. The monks individual quarters... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

Senaque is lovely but over visited. Silvacane has style. But frankly we enjoyed this Abbey the most, the angles, the atmosphere. If you come to this area for the papal palace, be sure to treat yourself to this stopover.

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Bradenton, Florida, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

One of the great attractions of Villenuve-Les-Avignon, not to be missed. The sense of the monks' lives has been well-preserved.

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Aurora, OH
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Interesting insight into the life of the church in past centuries. Be sure to check out the individual quarters and the prison cells. The chapel and the main santuary are of special interest.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

Beautiful historic building with atmospheric cloisters and lots of informative cards in a range of languages,

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

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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