Sainte-Croix-en-Jarez is a French commune in the départment of Loire, region Rhône-Alpes.
The village occupies a monastery founded in 1280 by Béatrix de la Tour du Pin, widow of Guillaume de Roussillon, who died at Acre (now in Israel) in November 1277, following the eighth crusade. Wanting to honour her husband through prayer she turned to the Carthusian religious order of which one of her uncles was a member. Beatrice held a fortress in what is now the village of Châteauneuf, at the confluence of the Couzon and the Gier. This occupied a strategic position at the junction of routes between the Auvergne and the Rhone Valley some ten kilometres from the site chosen for the monastery.
The monastery prospered and remained in place for many centuries until everything was turned upside down by the French Revolution. The monastery was confiscated as a National Asset in 1792 and was subsequently sold at auction in the form of 44 lots. The interior of the monastery came to be occupied by local families. At the Restoration following the fall of Napoleon in 1814, the Carthusian Order sought in vain to have their property returned. For one part, there was the necessity of having to negotiate with 44 different families; for the other part recent industrialisation in the Rhone Valley meant that the monks could no longer enjoy the peace and quiet that they desired.
The monastery thus continued to function as a village under the name of Sainte-Croix-en-Pavezin, since it was in effect a dependency of the neighbouring commune of Pavezin. It finally became a commune in its own right in 1888 when it took the name of Sainte-Croix-en-Jarez.
The existing parish church was built in the 18th century following the destruction by fire of the one originally attached to the monastery. In 1840, the cloister in the second courtyard, which contained the cells of the monks, was destroyed to allow for the passage of carts. Around the same time, the lodge of Béatrix de la Tour du Pin was demolished to allow the construction of the current bell tower as the former one was in a state of collapse. Restoration work is ongoing and many of the properties now seem to be occupied as second homes.
The above information has been largely extracted and freely translated from articles on the French Wikipedea site.
For French speakers, here is a link to one of the articles that gives further information about the monastery and its architecture.
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chinchini (31529) 2010-11-01 3:05
Hello Ami Stephen,
Encore une superbe publication avec une belle image accompagnée d'un long résumé. L'architecture de ce vieux monastère me surprend un peu car pas classique du tout. Mais rien de surprenant puisqu'il est visiblement remanié, restauré au gout du maître des lieux.
La forte luminosité est fort bien maitrisé encore une fois.
De Calvi où il fait aussi gris que chez toi ;o))
asajernigan (21427) 2010-11-01 3:52
This is a nicely composed shot of this monastery. The angle of the shot is great creating a diagonal through the scene. The angle of the lighting works nice creating areas of sun and shadow. The photo has good color and sharpness.
rodgerg (55767) 2010-11-01 4:18
Here too a POV very well selcetd for give a greta prospect effect to the photo. the wall and the alignement of vegetation are in this prospect nad learn the glance. details nad colors well collected under this beautiful blue sky.
Have a nice week,
dkmurphys (52801) 2010-11-01 4:53
Nice late summer capture. Great sunlight on these old rocky walls. Simple but beautiful architecture, a picturesque place.
have a ncie day.
Sergiom (67528) 2010-11-01 8:05
La rangée de verdure en ligne de fuite suit très bien le bâtiments aux pierres roses vers cette belle tour qui se découpe sur ce beau ciel.
subhendu_bagchi (25975) 2010-11-01 9:17
nice capture of this old monastery wall with great sharpness and depth. The light is superbly managed. Excellent composition. Very well done. Tfs.
Silvio1953 (130472) 2010-11-01 9:34
Ciao Syephen, lovelyperspective on wonderful monastery, excellent clarity, splendid light and colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
Fis2 (90111) 2010-11-01 9:49
Beautiful wall and windows :)
Good frame and perspective.
Have a nice week my friend.
Budapestman (82620) 2010-11-01 14:05
a very attractive photo of this place, the composition is spectacular, beautiful details and lights, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
jlbrthnn (76037) 2010-11-01 14:48
La lumière est vive mais ne cause pas de surexposition. Le ciel conserve ses belles couleurs. La façade capturée sur la diagonale paraît profonde. J'apprécie la structure des murs et la texture. Une belle photo intéressante. bravo.
Graal (100124) 2010-11-01 23:33
an interesting architecture and informations in note. Nice colours, light and perspective. Well done photo.
Have a nice day.
amaryllis (35881) 2010-11-02 7:05
les murs de ce monastère sont superbes avec une lumière extra, une texture de pierre excellente, cette tour , un très bel ensemble de cette batisse ancienne mais encore superbe
Charo (51210) 2010-11-02 15:12
Très belle architecture et unique du monastère, si ce n'est pour la présence de la tour d'observation de petites maisons mitoyennes, avec leur simplicité.
Excellent point de vue, avec un jolie ciel.
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2010-11-03 1:38
Hello Stephen! Amazing monastery, wonderful architecture. Good expposure and capture. Very fine texture and sharpness. Well done!
mauro61 (52749) 2010-11-03 1:56
bella la prospettiva del monastero con una luce ben dosata che fa risaltare l'architettura in pietra.
Ottima composizione, complimenti
ikeharel (63019) 2010-11-03 9:43
Very good pov on the monastery building, excelent dof , lighting and contrast.
Details are clearly shown.
chrisnet (22498) 2010-11-04 12:30
Good perspective with the diagonal of the monastery, the light is hard but the view is not overexposed.
macjake (61514) 2010-11-07 11:01
you seem to capture these type of structures very well.
the window shutters are the best element here, but a close second are the stones, they are well detailed and sharp.
awesome windows, lighting and colour mixtures
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (90030)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-09-00
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Architecture
- Camera: CANON EOS 10 D, Canon 28-80 3,5-4,8 USM IV
- Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2010-11-01 1:30