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Glenn T wrote a review Dec 2020
Boston, Massachusetts10 contributions
Go with local guide Viviana Ricciardone if you can--she is deeply knowledgeable about this monastery. The Certosa is enormous, well-preserved, and, if you like history, art, architecture, and, if you have a family connection to the area like I do, a deep part of one's heritage. There is also an excellent book/gift shop, and the staff were all pleasant and accommodating. I am overdue to review--I was there in June 2019 and it was a very memorable day at the Certosa. If in Padula, it will be a major highlight of the visit.
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Date of experience: July 2020
Marco C wrote a review Aug 2019
Naples, Italy92 contributions22 helpful votes
Every time I'm more and more astonished by the magnificence and greatness of this venue. Enormous and pompous, with choirs, spiral flights, cellars, chimneys, everything is worthwhile
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Date of experience: August 2019
Roedig wrote a review Apr 2019
Stellenbosch, South Africa1227 contributions253 helpful votes
This monastery is known as certosa of San Lorenzo. It is sitting Padula and the easiest way to get here is aim for the town of Padula. Parking is available at €3 and a short walk takes you to the 50 000 square meter building. An entrance fee of €6 gets you in. You need to buy brief guide at €3, which allows you to walk around the ground floor. The first floor is closed. The gardens are a bit dilapidated. The interior of the building is still relatively well preserved.
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Date of experience: April 2019
Thomas Ozbun wrote a review Jan 2019
Vicenza, Italy982 contributions237 helpful votes
It is considered to be the first charter-house built in the Campania region, and the largest in the whole of Italy. Together with Paestum the Cilento National Park and the greek and roman city of Velia it is inscribed in the Unesco World Heritage Site list. Construction on the building started in 1309 and was protracted till the 18th century, with most of it dating to the later period due to alterations and reconstructions. Dating to the 16th century in a baroque style, the facade is probably one of the most noteworthy features of the whole complex. Once we passed through the entrance we bought our tickets (4 euros full price and 2 euro for student discount) and were given a map of the complex, as it is really large. From there we followed the suggested path, passing through the first cloister called Chiostro della Foresteria, because it was adjacent to the guest lodgings, which had a nice fountain at its center and then entering the church. The interior, dating to the 17th century is a joy of the neapolitan baroque with beautiful decorations, colorful paintings and lavish marbles. We then went through several rooms which included the Hall of the Bells, the Hall of the Chapter and the Hall of the Treasure, all with beautiful baroque decorations. Next was the cloister of the old cemetery and right next to it, through a door, the large Refectory which used to serve as the dining room of the monks. After that we entered the Kitchens, a beautifully preserved example of cooking space (which rarely survives in charterhouses and monasteries) with a huge furnace and chimney at its center and maiolicas decorating the walls. Right beside, through a door, is another cloister, this time very small and in the shadows as it still maintains its 14th century style and architecture. Following the map we reached what were once the Prior's rooms. now housing the Archaeological museum with ancient greek vases, weapons and other objects. There were also two cloisters, the so called Chiostro dei Procuratori and the Prior's cloister which is more like a small italian garden with trees and fountains giving it a peaceful and beautiful setting. Moving on we reached the Great Cloister, an immense rectangular (104x150m) with two floors on all sides and containing the monks' cells. It is in fact the largest cloister in the world, and took us quite a while to walk from one side to the other.
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Date of experience: February 2018
Lana T wrote a review Jan 2019
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia133 contributions24 helpful votes
Good place for spiritual and vibrational recovering))) Beautiful place to visit. I recommend for everyone not to pass by and just to go inside)))
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Date of experience: December 2018
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