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Most beautiful villages of France > Loire > Sainte-Croix-en-Jarez

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Description : Located on the first buttresses of the Pilat mount, allong a green small valley, the village of Holy-Cross-in-Jarez is almost entire enclosed in the remarkably preserved buildings of old Chartreuse built there starting from the XIIIème century.

A community of monks, according to the rule of Saint Bruno, lived in this monastery until 1792. On this date the monks were driven out by the revolutionists and the buildings, become national property, were sold on biddings and were bought by families of peasants from the neighbourhoods who lived there. The monastery became a village and remained about intact more than two hundred years after its changing destinate.