Chartreuse De La Verne
At the heart of one of the last primeval forests in Europe, meticulously left in its natural state. Surrounded by age-old chestnut, each of which is a monument to nature: hit by lightning, carved by time,it is still carrying fruits. The Charterhouse is a unique example of a fortified monastery. It stood at the center of the Maures massif. It is an example of the colonization of the most remote places of Europe, by the Benedictine monks. They, with their activities, have preserved and carried on the classical heritage, contributing at the (re) foundation of our civilization. The restoration, brave, as often happens in France, it led to the reconstruction of the monument, as it appeared in sec. XVI-XVIII, that is at its maximum development.
A great tour for everyone, completely surrounded by nature offers unforgettable views. The silence will envelop you throughout the journey. La Chartreuse is located in a pristine place where time seems to stand still.
The monastery was built in 1170 thanks to Pierre Isoardi, at that time Bishop of Toulon and Frejus, on the site of an ancient priory abandoned called Notre-Dame de La Verne . Numerous donations made the Charterhouse owns more than three thousand hectares of land (forests, arable land, pastures).
An incredible series of fires destroyed it several times (in 1214.1271 and 1381), however, like a phoenix, she reborn from its ashes.
Then came the looters and invaders (like the Saracens) as well as religious wars, which destroyed the chapel and the church.
The Carthusian monks did not remain with our arms folded and rebuilt several times until 1790 when, due to the revolution, they had to run away. As a consequence the land and the building became state property.
In 1921 the Certosa was declared a historical monument and between 1969 and 2000 there were great and important renovation. Since 1983 in this place are leaving the nuns of Bethlehem, the assumption of the Virgin Mary and San Bruno.