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Musee de la Chartreuse, Douai

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The Musée de la Chartreuse is an art museum in a former Carthusian monastery in Douai, France. It is the 'musée des Beaux-Arts' for the city.
Built by Jacques d'Abancourt in brick and stone in the Renaissance style, on the site of the house of the "Colombier", the hôtel d'Abancourt with its round tower was extended in 1608 by Jean de Montmorency, who added a square building in the same style with a square tower. In 1623 it was acquired by the Premonstratensians of Furnes. It finally saw itself become a home for Carthusian monks in the middle of the 17th century, via the construction of a chapter house and a small cloister, a refectory, the prior's lodgings and finally - after a large cloister and cells which were demolished in the 19th century - a chapel in the Jesuit style . On the French Revolution the building was turned over to military use and it was later damaged by bombing in 1944. It was bought by the city in 1951 and from 1958 was used to replace the buildings housing the city's musée des Beaux-Arts, which had been destroyed in the Second World War at the same time as the neighbouring boys' lycée.
The current museum complex includes several 16th, 17th and 18th century buildings. To its left is the hôtel d'Abancourt-Montmorency, built between 1559 and 1608 in the Flemish Renaissance style. Built in the classical style at the start of the 18th century, the complex's church is made up of a vast nave and five side chapels. After a six-year restoration campaign, this church was used to display objets d'art and sculptures to the public, with the 19th century sculptures in the nave and objets d'art in the side chapels, including medieval goldwork and a series of bronzes and terracottas by Giambologna, who was born in Douai.
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  • The majority of the space in the museum, included the already renovated chapel is closed for the public. Entrance fee is reduced to a student fee for everybody. What a joke! If I had known in advance....  more »
  • This is a very special museum, a little bit outside downtown Douai. Walking to this area is charming, since it has the vibe or a flemish city. The museum is located in a beautiful building and the...  more »
  • It was a beautiful place with good art works from medivel ages. Chapel was closed due to maintenance but the others, it was worth visiting
  • Nice museum

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