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House Avignon (84)

  • Surface 450 m2
  • Rooms 20 
  • Bedrooms 9 
  • Land 2 000 m2

An old, 17th century convent and its chapel awaiting restoration on the south bank of the river Durance, on the outskirts of Avignon.
This property, at the confluence of the Rhone and Durance rivers, is but a few minutes from the famous town of Avignon and its TGV train station, some 20 minutes from a motorway slip road and just under an hour from Marseille-Provence airport. The region experienced numerous invasions of the Celts, the Romans and the Saracens. Settled on one of the slopes of a hill known as “Montagnette”, the village, home to the convent, recounts its history through its streets which were once visited by such illustrious characters as François 1st, Richelieu and Louis XVI. The fortifications of the old village, a tower, vestige of an old episcopal castle, a 12th century Romanesque church as well as the house, with its Renaissance facade, that once belonged to a knight of the Order of Malta, all bear witness to a prestigious past.
The convent and its chapel are on the side of a narrow street bordering the parklands of the village chateau. Set in a residential area, they are flanked by houses on either side. The entrance to the chapel faces south-east; the edifice, on the north-west side where the nave stands. The latter adjoins the building housing the convent at right angles. Behind the edifice, what was no doubt once green open space has been transformed into a reserve and is extended by a vast esplanade which can be accessed via a lane behind the property and is able to accommodate vehicles.
The conventThis edifice, dating from the late 17th century, was restored in 1730 by the barefoot Franciscan monks, whose order was founded in Italy in 1363. The L-shaped convent spans two levels. The facade features semi-circular arched windows, protected by defensive bars, on the ground floor and more sober windows on the first floor. It is constructed from rendered quarry stone blocks. The building, awaiting full restoration works, was home to a school and then a variety of craft and commercial activities.
Ground floor
An entrance door opening off the street, still with its stone surround and capital, acts as the main entrance. The facade also features another, more sober door. An ambulatory, featuring numerous windows that once opened on to the old cloister, leads to two large rooms, now transformed into warehouses. The other rooms house machine rooms, accommodation for a caretaker and workshops.
First floor
This level is reached via two diametrically opposed stairways. The first spiral stairway, with old stone treads, is in a very good state of repair. The second, dual flight stairway, bordered with sober ironwork railings, once connected the chapel to the convent’s dining hall on the ground floor. This level comprises eight extremely luminous bedrooms, some of which have fireplaces. The floors are paved with Arles stone. The bedrooms on the facade side have a view of the neighbouring chateau’s parklands, the others provide a glimpse of the chateau. A series of shower cubicles complete this level.The chapelDating from the same era as the convent, this chapel was also constructed by the same barefoot Franciscan monks. It was built on the ruins of one of the region’s oldest religious edifices.
Its apse is in a relatively good state of repair and its 15 m long nave is bordered on each side by three divided aisles, each topped with a crossed-ribbed vault. The coats-of-arms sculpted on its keystone are, most probably, those of the “Ordre des Pères de l'Observance” as the barefoot Franciscan monks were known.
A floor was recently installed, forming an upstairs over two-thirds of the edifice. It could easily be removed to restore the chapel to its original dimensions.

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Advertiser reference: 771001 - Le Figaro Properties reference: 28803803

In detail

    • Surface 450 m2
    • Rooms 20
    • Bedrooms 9
    • Land 2 000 m2
    • Construction N/A*
    • Parking N/A*
    • Bathrooms N/A*
    • Toilets N/A*
    • Exposure N/A*
    • Heating N/A*
    • Kitchen N/A*
  • Energy Performance Certificate

    in KWhPE/m²/year

    • A ≤ 50
    • B 51 to 90
    • C 91 to 150
    • D 151 to 230
    • E 231 to 330
    • F 331 to 450
    • G > 451

    GreenHouse Gas emission

    in CO2eqkg/m²/year

    • A ≤ 5
    • B 6 to 10
    • C 11 to 20
    • D 21 to 35
    • E 36 to 55
    • F 56 to 80
    • G > 80

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