Cloister in Salles-Arbuissonnas
A magnificent 12th century cloister and 18th century chapter house. Cluniac site in the heart of the Beaujolais area, on top of a hill surrounded by vineyards. Both romantic and bright, the cloister remains a masterpiece of Romanesque architecture.
This monastic complex, built over the course of three centuries (10th, 11th and 12th), was, for three centuries, inhabited by Benedictine monks under the Cluny rule, and by the Benedictines of Grelonges (canonesses) for five centuries, under the Archdiocese of Lyon.
The priory, its museum and their surroundings make for an interesting visit, and shows how the sisters' social structure was set up in the 18th century, with a chapter, its courtyard and the houses the sisters lived in.
Famous throughout the world for its wines and vineyards, the Beaujolais is also a region shaped by man, who has reaped the benefits of the soil's diversity. Its past is literally written in stone: in the golden, red, white, grey or black rocks and stones that have visibly been put to good use in local construction. This remarkable geology has given rise to great diversity, not only in the landscapes and heritage, but also in terms of human activity, in the culture and traditions that form the identity of the Beaujolais region.