The Museum and Monastery of the Grande Chartreuse

A visit to the Museum and the Monastery of the Grand Chartreuse located in Isère, 30 km from Grenoble. Attention zone of silence...

The Grande Chartreuse monastery, founded in 1084 by seven men who wanted to escape the hustle and bustle of the world, cannot be visited. The monks, having taken a vow to devote their lives to meditation and contemplation, do not want to be disturbed. To satisfy the curiosity of the visitors a museum was created 2 km from the monastery. In fact there is no real disappointment for the tourist because the museum is located in old monastery buildings that are no longer in use, the visitor during the visit feels well the impression of isolation proper to the monastic life. It is also possible to go to the real monastery located a little further away but staying outside.

For those who want to see the monastery from the top of the mountain, the museum can be the starting point for hikes.

Practical Information (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

Le parking

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Le parking
The parking lot is located right next to the museum, it is free. It can be the starting point for hiking tours.

The Chartreuse massif

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The Chartreuse massif
Very beautiful panorama on the surrounding mountains which incites to meditation.

The Grande Chartreuse Museum

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The Grande Chartreuse Museum
The museum used to be a dependency of the Grande Chartreuse, and for a long time it served as an infirmary for the elderly monks.

The entrance to the museum.

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The entrance to the museum.
The architecture is similar to that of the monastery. The entrance fee is 8,5 euros

The paintings

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The paintings
The museum shows all the settlements of the Carthusian monasteries throughout the world. The museum is very well maintained.

A cell

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A cell
The monk spends his time alone meditating in his room, which contains all that is necessary, and he takes a vow of silence. He goes out only for the services and to participate in the work in the monastery. The monastery provides him with all the material necessary for daily life.

Reconstruction of the monastery chapel

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Reconstruction of the monastery chapel

The road to the monastery

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The road to the monastery
It is possible to see the real monastery, it is located 2 km further up. There is nothing difficult, it is a tarred road forbidden to cars. The sign indicates that you are entering a silent zone.

The road

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The road
Towards the monastery the slope is steeper

The entrance to the Grande Chartreuse monastery

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The entrance to the Grande Chartreuse monastery
The monastery is entirely closed, it is not visited so as not to disturb the monks. In 2015 there were only 27 Carthusian monks left, including 12 brothers. The monastery seems immense yet it was designed in the 18th century to accommodate only 80 brothers.

View of the monastery

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View of the monastery
The monks no longer make their famous liquor in the monastery, they simply prepare the mixture of herbs that will be associated with the alcohol and which is kept secret.
Departure point (Google Maps)

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