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“Chartreuse and Fort in Villeneuve lez avignon”

Chartreuse de Villeneuve lez Avignon
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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.
Reviewed September 30, 2012

I was 2 days in Avignone and as my hotel was located in Villeneuve i decided to start the visit from this side of the Rhone. I admit i liked more Villeneuve than Avignon itself, less tourists, more "medieval" and with some monuments really worth the visit. I went first to the Fort on the top, from where you get a wonderful view on Avignon and the surroundings. Then the Chartreuse which is really interesting if you wanna learn a little about monastic life. Every room has a description in many languages, the place was so silent there were very few people compared to the mass you find in the Popes Palast. You can buy one ticket for the 2 attractions. Moreover when you visit the first monument in Avignone area you get a discount card to visit many other monuments and museums.

Thank Valevale71
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Reviewed September 22, 2012

The Chartreuse is well worth a visit as most of the monastery is intact or has been restored. You get a good idea of the monastic life in the middle ages - probably idyllic in summer but tougher in the winter.

Thank MJBDublin
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Reviewed September 16, 2012

Well worth a visit if in the Villeneuve/ Avignon area - very well preserved and gives a very good insight into daily life in the monastery.

Thank Jenny_D_12814
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

Take the 20 minute walk down into Villeneuve from the tower and you will come upon some hidden sights - een on a busy August day far fewer tourists make the trip and they are missing out - this offers a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the Monks of this order who believed that work as well as prayer and study would bring them closer to god - follow the signs for the church of the grey friars on the way down - a tiny courtyard brings you to the old church - you can easily imagine the robed figures about their business.

Thank Mandi V
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Reviewed May 12, 2012

Visit this monastery a short walk from the hotel. See how the monks lived.

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