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. Be careful silent zone…

The great Chartreuse monastery (le monastère de la Grande Charteuse in French) was founded in 1084 by seven men who wanted to leave the bustle of city life. The monks devoted their lives to meditation and contemplation and didn't want to be disturbed. Today the monks follow the same rules and you can't visit the monastery. A museum was created 2 km away from the monastery to satisfy the curiosity of the visitors . Actually it's not really a disappointment for the tourists because the Museum is located in old buildings of the monastery which are no longer used, the visitor can feel the monastic life. It is also possible to go to the real Monastery located a little further but you have to stay outside.

The great Chartreuse monastery can also be the starting points of many amazing hikes in the area.

Be careful the museum is not open during the bad season.

Interest: ratingvery good (4 users)
Difficulty: difficulty
Duration: 2 h.

The comments

Inconnu08/30/2019 21:51:05 rating very disappointing

Bonjour, zone de silence dites vous ? Voitures interdites nous en avons croisées 5, tronçonneuses, cloches à pleines volées, Dommage

The parking

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The parking
The parking lot is right next to the Museum, it is free.

The massif of the Chartreuse

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The massif of the Chartreuse
Very beautiful view on the surrounding mountain. There are several hiking circuits near the Grande Chartreuse.

The museum of the Grande Chartreuse

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The museum of the Grande Chartreuse
The Museum was a former building of the Grande Chartreuse, it served as an infirmary for the elderly monks during a long time.

The entrance of the museum.

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The entrance of the museum.
Entrance fee for the museum : 8.5 euros

The paintings

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The paintings
There are some panels that explain the spread of the Carthusian monasteries around the world. The Museum is very well maintained. You really feel what is a life in a monastery.

A cell

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A cell
The monk spends his time praying alone in his room. He has taken a vow of silence. He only leaves his room for the offices or to participate to the work of the monastery. Everything he need for his 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

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The road leading to the monastery
It is possible to see the real monastery, it is located 1 mile away. There some signs to indicate the way to go. You walk on a road without car.

The road

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The road
On the road to the monastery the slope is steeper

The entrance to the monastery of Grande Chartreuse

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The entrance to the monastery of Grande Chartreuse
To not disturb the monks you can’t visit the monastery. In 2015 there was only 27 Carthusian monks that lived in the monastery.

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.'
Departure point (Google Maps)

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