The Museum and the monastery of Grande Chartreuse

A tour of the Museum and the monastery of the Grand Chartreuse, located 30 km from Grenoble in Isère. Attention zone of silence...

The great Chartreuse monastery, founded in 1084 by seven men who wanted to escape the bustle of the world, does not visit. The monks vow to devote their lives to meditation and contemplation do not want to be disturbed. To satisfy the curiosity of visitors a museum was created 2 km from the monastery. In fact there is really disappointed for the tourist because the Museum is located in old buildings of the monastery which are no longer used, the visitor during the visit well sense of isolation to the monastic life. It is also possible to get to the real Monastery located a little further but remaining outside.

For those who want to see the top of the Mountain Monastery Museum may be the starting point for hikes.

Practical information (the Museum is not open during the winter months).

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Duration: 2 h.

The parking

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The parking
The parking lot is right next to the Museum, it is free. It may be the departure of hiking tour.

The Chartreuse massif

The Chartreuse massif
Very beautiful view on the surrounding mountains that makes meditation.

The Museum of the great chartreuse

The Museum of the great chartreuse
The Museum was formerly a dependency of the Grande Chartreuse, it has long served as an infirmary for aged religious.

The entrance to the Museum.

The entrance to the Museum.
The architecture is similar to that of the monastery. Admission is charged: 8.5 euros

The paintings

The paintings
The Museum shows all locations worldwide Carthusian monasteries. The Museum is very well maintained.

A cell

A cell
The monk spends his time alone to meditate in his room that contains what he takes, he taken a vow of silence. He leaves for offices and to participate in the work in the monastery. Everything you need for everyday life is provided by the monastery.

Reconstruction of the chapel of the monastery

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Reconstruction of the chapel of the monastery

The road leading to the monastery

The road leading to the monastery
It is possible to see the real monastery, it is located at 2 km a bit over the top. There is nothing difficult is a tarmac road closed to the car. The Panel tells you as you enter a zone of silence.

The road

The road
To the monastery the slope is steeper

The entrance to the monastery of Grande Chartreuse

The entrance to the monastery of Grande Chartreuse
He does not visit not to disturb the monks the monastery is completely enclosed. In 2015 it was only 27 chartreux including 12 brothers. The monastery seems huge even though it was designed in the 18th century to accommodate 80 brothers.

View of the monastery

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View of the monastery
The monks don't make their famous liquor within the monastery, they just prepare the mixture of herbs that will be associated with alcohol and which is kept secret.

Others walks

The Lake of Paladru

The Lake of Paladru

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