Certosa di Pavia, Certosa di Pavia

One of Italy's largest monasteries, the gigantic Certosa di Pavia was built during the 14th and 15th centuries. Admire the church's intricate vaulted ceiling, collection of frescoes, and detailed Lombard-style facade. The Grand Cloister main inner courtyard measures more than 125 m (410 ft) long. Add Certosa di Pavia and other attractions to your Certosa di Pavia trip itinerary using our Certosa di Pavia day trip planning tool .
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  • The Charterhouse of Pavia is not the largest extension level than any other in Italy, but from my point of view is the most majestic architectural level. From the exterior view and the entrance we would linger to observe many details of every kind. The resemblance to Milan Cathedral is no coincidence, since the Duke Gian Galeazzo Visconti began work on the Certosa after founding the Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano who was responsible for the design and construction of the monument. We are constantly guided tours conducted by the Cistercian monks who live in still 7. Get done visiting, details the details, all the internal parts of the Charterhouse and various crannies, as the cells that surround the great cloister where time ago abitavno Carthusian monks. Tours are free, or, for those who want, to offer and schedules on the website "certosadipavia" going under "Tourism" and selecting "When"
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  • easily reached from Milan, three car parks in the area. you have to spend at least 3 or 4 hours to visit the Museum (art gallery and sculptures) that the Church and the cloisters. The Charterhouse is beautiful, big, rich ... inhabited by just seven Cistercian monks, helped by 7 people outside. Tall and hard to deal with in so short of a monument so important. The friars should be helped and supported ... keep alive and in good condition a place of such wealth is difficult. the main problem is the Tourist Vandal that shortpants in tank top and Dysplasia twice claim to enter a place of worship ... photograph and make his mark ... the tourist Vandal showed up for the first time in 1600 to leave a sign of himself ... and since then the carthusians had to put the grates to the chapels to preserve them ... Today humanity has made great strides. the Charterhouse was founded as a place of seclusion and until 1947 the laity could not access the altar, the inner sanctum nor all graves. Today the Cistercians safeguard this world heritage and help with guided tours for groups to understand, to immerse themselves in the spirit of the Chartreuse, to learn, to respect ... the frescoes on the walls are of such beauty ... wooden inlays ... times ... and then the small cloister on his Cooked Lombard, and the great cloister with its first Friars ' cells, you know you should go to visit it with love and respect.
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  • Definitely worth a visit for both the outside areas, with manicured gardens and a fantastic cloister, which on the inside, where you have to wait for the guided tour. Very very beautiful art gallery and the Museum with the casts of the architecturally important works. The parking, the only one in the area, is an armed robbery.
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  • We had a wonderful visit, found in the art gallery lovely friendly staff, and the monk who was the PR/tour guide for our visit was knowledgable and hospitable (yes in Italian). After all, its a monastery first. A tourist destination as an afterthought. Had a great lunch a few steps from the front gate.
  • I have been here again for the fifth time (in a few years) to bring a friend and I must say that it is wonderful! Do not miss the little homes of the monks with that stunning & spacious lawn. The only cons is some of the staff there is quite rude. After the tour you can also purchase some tea made by the clergy.
  • There is a free guided tour led by one of the monks of the certosa. He explains everything about the history of the place and shows you different rooms in and out the church. In italian only
  • Undeniably beautiful artworks that are impossible to see and appreciate from behind closed chapel gates. The no photo policy is also disappointing (and unnecessary). Also, the attendant and the monk who led the tour (in Italian) were quite unfriendly and inhospitable.
  • Great artistically. However, it is poorly run. Some of the best art is in the chapels - they are locked. Lights are off, so you can only see well what's in the transept-alter area. Double check the opening times (at the time of posting 9-11:30 and 14:30-17:30), be prepared to be let in late and kicked out early. You may have to ask the attendant to unlock the transept and let you in. The attached museum was closed. Entrance was free, but parking was 2 eur per hour. Use the bathroom on the parking lot. People who work there hate the visitors. Worth the visit if you are an art enthusiast and not easily upset by unfriendliness.

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