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Carthusian Monastery Val de Bénédiction
Villeneuve-les-Avignon
    
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Chartreuse du Val de Benediction a Villeneuve les Avignon When Pope Innocent VI was still a cardinal, he owned an hôtel particulier and some land in Villeneuve lès Avignon. After he was elected pope in 1352, he donated it to the Carthusian order and had it reconstructed to accommodate the monks. The Carthusian monastery consists of one church and three cloisters surrounded by numerous cells, which make it the largest Carthusian monastery in France.
Hours April 1-September 30: 9 am-6:30 pm.
October 1-March 31: 9:30 am-5:30 pm.
Closed  January 1, May 1, November 1 and 11, December 25.
Chartreuse du Val de Benediction a Villeneuve les Avignon

Chartreuse du Val de Benediction a Villeneuve les Avignon

When he died in 1362, Innocent VI was buried in one of the church's chapels. His works were continued through the centuries by his nephew the cardinal of Pamplona, then by the architect François Royer de la Valfenière.
 
During the French Revolution, the Carthusian monastery suffered serious damage. In 1835, the writer Prosper Mérimée, then inspector of historical monuments, started proceedings to protect the monastery.
 
Today the Carthusian monastery, which is largely renovated, has become a place of cultural importance.

 

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Chartreuse du Val de Benediction a Villeneuve les Avignon
 
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