Montsalvat, Melbourne

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    Montsalvat

    by millablake Updated Sep 1, 2005

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    An old gorgeous artists colony, founded by Justus Jorgensen, a student of Max Meldrum, in 1934.

    There is also a little bluestone chapel on the grounds.

    Visit the website for the exhibition and performance calender.

    The Montsalvat restaurant:
    Breakfast - Tuesday - Sunday
    Lunch - Tuesday - Sunday
    Dinner - Functions Only, bookings 9431 2681

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    • Arts and Culture
    • Architecture

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    Montsalvat

    by leffe3 Updated Jan 10, 2005

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    One of Melbourne's best kept secrets is this artists colony - which is a pity really as its one of the highlights of the city and can be combined with a visit to Heide (see previous tip). Its not easy to get too (hence the 'secret') being 26 kms from the city.

    Founded in the 1930s, its a complete hotch-potch, seemingly random collection of buildings and grounds, all built from salvaged and recycled material. Where else in Australia will you find a copy of a 16th century European Great Hall, a 17th century Portuguese poolside terrace, 19th century Welsh High Church chapel and any number of homesteads, workshops and cafes? The artists work is for sale - from paintings through to jewelry through to musical instruments, and its all a bit rough round the edges (thus benefitting from being a secret!).

    $6 entrance fee payable.

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    • Historical Travel
    • Arts and Culture

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