Collobrieres Monastery

Collobrieres, France

La Chartreuse de la Verne, Carthusian monastery in Collobrieres, was built in 1174, however in 1264 and 1271 it was burned down. It wasn't until the sixteenth century that the present chapel and the great south gate were built.

The current Chartreuse is a lovely and imposing set of buildings, completely isolated in a hilly forest of pine, oak and chestnut, overlooking the artificial lake, Lac de la Verne.

The drive up to the monastery is a beautiful scenic trip. A community of nuns still lives in the building, making ceramics and other crafts for sale at their shop.

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Founded: 1174
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)

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www.seeprovence.com

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User Reviews

Marek Whitehead (11 months ago)
Awesome place to visit. The road is narrow but in a good condition and paved to the top. I recommend traveling to Croix d‘Anselme and then to the Monastery. Otherwise, the navigation may try to take the D214 for the majority of the journey to the top but that road is not fully paved on one section. The D14 to Croix d‘Anselme and the D214 to the top is better.
Simon Kerr (13 months ago)
You have to do that! Most of people who visit the Gulf of Saint-Tropez miss historical sites as La Verne and others in the surrounding area.
Jean Rene Duras (2 years ago)
Restored monastery in a very secluded chestnut forest. Difficult drive on a tiny mountain road to access the monastery, a good walk from the parking lot, but it's worth all the effort. For a fee you can visit part of the monastery, and the view is just spectacular.
Kuba Razowski (2 years ago)
Beautiful place! Definitely worth a visit - even if it’s a detour.
Joachim Mathes (2 years ago)
Magical place. This monastery is really in the middle of nowhere. Don't be put off by the twisty roads that lead you there. Amazing, how in former times, people would build such a massive construction so far from anything else, they were really searching silence and seclusion. Equally amazing, how after a long time of neglect and decline, another generation resurrected the monastery from ruins and once again filled it with life. Worldly as well as spiritual. Take your time when you visit, this is not a place to rush through.
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