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The Museum of the province of Dauphine: photos, description (Musee dauphinois)

The Museum of the province of Dauphine (or dauphinois Museum) in Grenoble is located in the former convent of the nuns of visitants, which stands on the right Bank of the Isere river. The Museum expositions dedicated to history, culture and traditions of the historic province of Dauphine, the centre of which was the Grenoble. Here are the items of decorative and applied arts, household utensils and objects, introduces the traditional occupations of local residents. In addition, the Museum becomes the venue of exhibitions and concerts of folk and classical music.

The monastery itself was built in the early XVII century in honour of the virgin Mary at the foot of mount Bastille. At different times the monastery was used for various purposes - for example, during the great French revolution it served as a prison, then was returned to the Church and handed over to the order of the Ursulines. In the early twentieth century after the legislative separation of Church and state, the monastery was used as barracks and then as a temporary shelter for immigrants and dormitory. Despite all the vicissitudes, the monastery buildings are well preserved.

The Museum of dauphiné moved to the monastery building on the right Bank in 1968, although it was established much earlier, in 1906, and held the other monastic buildings - a chapel, located on the left Bank of the isère. At the end of the last century, the monastery was built a new large building that holds the Museum.

In addition to the halls of the Museum of Dauphine, in the monastery will be an interesting visit to the chapel in the Baroque style, painted in the second half of the XVII century painter Toscana Largeau. Here you can see the vast architectural and decorative composition of wood (retablo), covered with gold leaf. In another chapel you can discover frescoes depicting the life of St. Francis of Sal, the founder of the order of visitants, which originally belonged to the monastery at the foot of the Bastille.