The Chartreuse de Valbonne

 

An historical monastery, an association, Côtes du Rhône wines, accommodation and cultural activities. The former Carthusian monastery of Valbonne was a monastery of monks-hermits of the Order of Chartreux, whose buildings occupy a large area. Founded in 1203 *, it is located in a valley in the heart of a thousand year old forest sheltering rare species in the Mediterranean region, on the community of agglomeration of Gard rhodanien, in the department of Gard and Occitania region.

It has a convent church, a large cloister (355 meters perimeter) and a small cloister (early 13th century) and numerous chapels. Several of its towers as well as the roof of the conventual church and its bell tower are covered with varnished tiles in Burgundy style giving the whole a most picturesque aspect for a chartreuse provençale.

*1203 according to Julian calendar. This date became 1204 after adoption of the Gregorian calendar at the end of the 16th century, the year beginning on January 1st and not on March 1st anymore.