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


Arcade


Cloister garden


Another view of the garden


Cloister walk


Monk's cell


Prie-dieu


A garden adjoining the monk's cell


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


Workroom


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

2 comments:

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?