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Sainte-Croix-EN-jarez: photo description (Sainte-Croix-en-Jarez)

Sainte-Croix-EN-jarez is a picturesque old village on the South-East of France, the rhône - Alpes region. It is included in the Association "Most beautiful villages of France". It is home to only 427 people.

The settlement grew on the slopes of a high hill whose peak is at an altitude of almost 1000 meters above sea level. It became known for the Carthusian monastery, founded in 1280 Beatrice de La Tour des Pins, the widow of the Seigneur of Roussillon missing during the Crusades. She also belonged to the city citadel.

Among the buildings belonging to the Abbey, a well preserved its façade, bolstered by two powerful circular towers, located at the sides of the gate. It is, however, to note that this is a more modern building, Dating from the XVI century.

The building of the main monastery Cathedral was completely rebuilt in the XVIII century after a fire in 1714. It is decorated in Baroque style and is characterized by humility and grace of the interior. The pews in the Church survived the fire and date back to the XV century, and some of the plaster decorations on the walls belong to the XVI century. Interestingly, in the course of archaeological excavations of 1896 was discovered traces of the first Church, which served as the castle chapel of the citadel, belonged to Beatrice de La Tour. Know that the very respectable lady remained in the monastery until his death in 1307. It is likely that during the same work was discovered her tomb.

Other monastic buildings were severely altered in the XVIII century, but they have been converted into exhibition halls to show the authentic interior of the cells and the objects of everyday life of the monks.