Grande Chartreuse

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The Grande Chartreuse is the head monastery of the Carthusian order. It is located in the Chartreuse mountains, to the north of the city of Grenoble, in the commune of Saint-Pierre-de-Chartreuse in the Isère département of France. Originally, the house belonged the the see of Grenoble, and Saint Hugh gave it to Saint Bruno and his followers in 1084. With that house, Bruno founded the Carthusian Order.

Close to it stands a museum on the Carthusian order and the lives of its monks and nuns.

Famously, English poet Matthew Arnold wrote one of his finest poems, Stanzas from the Grande Chartreuse while staying at the monastery briefly. The quiet, serenity, and piety of the place contrasted with what he saw as the violent emerging age of machinery, and the monastic calm became, for him, the sussurations of a dying world.

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