On arrival at the Musée de la Chartreuse, you will first be struck by the magnificent facades and the wing dominated by the high square tower, built by the Montmorency family. In Flemish Renaissance style, the walls are a subtle mix of stone and brick. You can also admire the mullioned windows topped with pediments. A small and a large cloister, a refectory, a chapter house and a classical chapel – completed in 1722 – were also added after the arrival of the Carthusian order. Damaged during the bombings of 11 August 1944, in 1951 this incredible building was purchased by the city of Douai, as the new home for the collections of the former museum, which had been completely destroyed during the Second World War.