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The Grande Chartreuse has exceeded my expectations; it is more wonderfully wild than I can describe, or even you can imagine. It has possessed me to such a degree, that I can at present neither think, speak, nor write upon any other subject. William Beckford. 1778

The Ancient Crossing of Guiers Mort River that we call St Bruno's Boulder

St Bruno's Boulder (our name). The Guiers Mort River has two large boulders spanning the river that would have provided natural crossing points for early travellers. In 1064 St Bruno and 6 companions set up their place of contemplation and retreat that eventually became the Chartreuse Monastery. They would have used such crossing points. Since this was painted, the boulder has rolled over but still spans the river.

Waterfall by St Bruno's Boulder

Waterfall by St Bruno's Boulder. Here we may appreciate more of those famous Chartreuse greens. This view has now changed due to 'St Bruno's Boulder' rolling over.

Pont Pérent Bridge that dates from the 1500s and whose route was abandoned in 1850

Pont Pérent: This route was abandoned over 150 years ago, yet this 500-year-old stone bridge remains steadfastly in place! In spring, the many shades of green and their reflection in the water are a most notable feature.

The Ruined Petite Vache Bridge (now completely gone)

The Ruined Petite Vache Bridge - When Prue Bishop explored this area in detail, this was all that was left of this National Monument bridge that between about 1500 and 1856 supported the main route through the Guiers Mort Valley. The road over this bridge features in several 19C landscapes. Today, it is no-longer there.


Deep in the Guiers Mort Gorge

Deep in the Guiers Mort Gorge - Before the completion of a road in 1775, access to the Chartreuse Monastery from the west was via a route of wooden planks suspended by beams inserted into the rock face. The colours deep in the shade of this part of the gorge are dark, contrasting sharply with the sunlit greens high above.


The Pic de l'Oeillette Monolith

The Pic de l'Oeillette Monolith - This remarkable stone rises right out of the Guiers Mort river bed. It used to mark the entrance to the so-called désert: a vast area containing the lands surrounding the Chartreuse Monastery. In those days, neither weapons nor women were allowed beyond this point.


Chartreuse Monastery Glimpsed Through Forest Trees

Chartreuse Monastery - Even today, the monastery remains a quiet place of entirely male contemplation. There is no public access; the main buildings remain largely hidden. This view is glimpsed from an elevated position through a gap in the forest that captures the very essence of the notion of Chartreuse Green.

Storm Over Grenoble

Storm Over Grenoble. The view is from one of the bridges over the River Isère. A storm has caught the artist by surprise.

On the left is part of the modern art gallery. On the right, old buildings have been renovated and repainted.

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June 7th, 2020

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