Explore the Chartreuse Saint-Sauveur, stroll through its cloister which is one of the largest in France and immerse yourself in the daily life of the Carthusian monks and lay brothers of yesteryear.

A rare heritage

Built thanks to the bequest of a wealthy draper merchant from Villefranche-de-Rouergue, the monastery presents a precious heritage. During your visit, admire:

  • The carved wooden church stalls small characters.
  • The stained glassx colors of the vestibule and the chapter house.
  • La stone lace tracery of small cloister.
  • The play of shadow and light in the galleries of the large cloister.
  • La reading pulpit of the refectory, built entirely within the thickness of the wall.
  • La tabula, an astonishing XNUMXth century painted wooden panel that served as a timetable for the monks.

An immersion in the life of the Carthusian Fathers

Immerse yourself in the daily life of the Carthusian Fathers and imagine this way of life, around very strict rules that combine loneliness and silence.

Completely cut off from the world, the fathers and brothers devoted themselves to prayer and study. The singularity of their existence, which some still lead today, questions both specialists and simple observers.

Stroll through the church, the vestibule, the chapter house, the small cloister, the refectory, the old kitchens and the large cloister and soak up the spirituality that fills the site.

Guided night tour

Immerse yourself in a magical world, to the chanting of monks and the light of candles. Feel the soul of the place and discover several anecdotes about the daily life of the monks and their spirituality.

Le Grand Cloître de la Chartreuse
J. Morel

The Great Cloister of the Chartreuse

This cloister is one of the largest in France, it served the twelve hermitages in which the monks lived.

A fun experience

Solo, couple or family, choose your mode of visit! Audio guide, treasure hunt, guided tour during the day or at night, several possibilities are available to you...

Audio tour

Listen the audio guide and dive into the heart of the XNUMXth century to join the Carthusian Father Hugues and his young nephew Pierre who came to visit him in the monastery. The richness of their exchange will allow you to discover with lightness the life in the monastery and to draw your attention to elements of details too often put aside.

Guided tour

In summer, follow your conferral guide to better appreciate the history and soul of this place. Let yourself be told about the architecture of this jewel of flamboyant gothic art and unlock the secrets of this unique place in Aveyron.

Treasure hunt

Discover the Saint-Sauveur Charterhouse in Villefranche-de-Rouergue through play! Whatever your age, walk through each room of the monastery in search of clues and pool your skills to find the culprit! Amateurs of police investigations, become detectives and solve the “Cluedo” giant, advice to specialists!

For the youngest and families, we recommend the “Mystery at the Chartreuse”, ideal for getting to know the place while carrying out the investigation. To be found on site!

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