The Orthodox monastery Znamenie

It is an old converted barn, a unique place in France in the enlivens cézallier : The traverse. This dependence of the Patriarchate of Moscow is located in the commune of Mahsain, recognizable by its copper dome it worth a visit if you're in the area.

copper cupola of the monastery

Held exclusively by nuns

Built and restructured by the nuns and volunteers, 6 years of work have been necessary to rehabilitate and transform this old body of farm.

Today the sisters devote their time to religion, the prayers, offices, to the achievement of icons but also to beekeeping, to gardening, the reception of visitors, and in the manufacture of products intended for sale : Honey, gingerbread, jams…

Guided tours open to the public

Discover the history of the site through one of the nuns, Sundays (14a.m. 6 p.m.) and during the school holidays, to make a visit a day other than those provided, You can contact them directly by phone.

The old barn

Visit the Hall under the dome, entirely decorated by the sisters this is the place of ceremonies.
The visit is free, You can then go just down the stairs at the shop.

Location and contacts

Starting from Mahsain, take the road in the direction of Montgreleix (D36) then turn right in the direction of the Godde (The monastery is arrow), cross the village of Le Gödde on its small narrow road, crossing possible attention of herd.

Since Saint-NECTAIRE, take the direction of Besse, then Compains, then Espinchal, La Godivelle, Montgreleix, just after this last road descending, you will see it shining down on your left. Continue your road until you see the sign on your left the Godde, turn and follow the road until the end.

Then continue to the monastery 2 just minutes to the top. You will find parking in front of the great gate. To access the visit and shop continue on foot along the building, you will find a small door and two bells to warn the nuns of your presence. After ringing, be patient, It takes time to cross from across this long building.

Entrance to the Traverse

TO 1200 metres above sea level the winter roads for access are not always identified, take heed to the weather to do not make you take by therefore snow and snow drifts.

Address: The Traverse – 15190 Mahsain
Tel.: 04 71 78 80 01
Fax: 04 71 78 84 68

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