Friday, June 05, 2009

Carthusian Monastery

The Chartreuse du Val de Bénédiction in Villeneuve-les-Avignon. Across the River Rhone from old Avignon. Established in 1356 by Pope Innocent VI. Unfortunately, it's now a writers' sanctuary/colony. A writer can stay at the charterhouse rent-free for up to a year.

The pediment over the portal

Alley leading up to the monastery

Tomb of Pope Innocent VI, founder of the monastery

Door leading to the orangerie

Vaulted ceiling of the church ruin

Window of the church


Cloister garden

Another view of the garden

Cloister walk

Monk's cell


A garden adjoining the monk's cell

Set of stairs leading up to second floor monk's retreat


An ancient door

Stone steps

A rose garden

Chapel of frescoes

Cloister of St. John. Covered well in the center of the cloister

Sycamore trees pruned and trained to provide shade from the blinding sun

Leaving the monastery


Maggie said...

these are *gorgeous*!! thanks for sharing!

Cathy_of_Alex said...

Some serious history and holiness there. Say, did you know you were at Lourdes around the same time as Mac from Mulier Fortis blog?