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Certosa di Padula, Padula
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A World Heritage Site, Certosa di Padula is a large Carthusian monastery, or charterhouse, with the biggest cloister in the world, surrounded by 84 columns. During your visit, you will see the living conditions once experienced by the friars, who spent much of their days in small cells studying and praying. You will also see a spiral staircase carved from marble that leads to the library. Head outside to explore the stables and the olive oil mill. Use our Padula holiday planner to add Certosa di Padula and other attractions to your Padula vacation plans.
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  • One of the most beautiful sights in the Vallo di Diano if we talk about cultural heritage but, as often happens, held very badly. I wonder who those responsible have an ounce of love for their work or you only take home salary because it is unthinkable that in a place so you should attend gardens not manicured, pigeon guano on the stairs and halls for contemporary exhibitions of dubious taste and that have little to do with the sacredness of the place. Nevertheless, the Charterhouse is lovely and I hope the last time I visited things have changed for the better. The ticket if I'm not mistaken you pay from 5 to 7 euro.
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  • Went here on a date, 4 guys in their 30s. Siam disappointed as of Sunday due to the limited staff available to many areas of the monastery were inaccessible or, at most, only visible from the outside, but this would reduce the admission price. In fact we discovered this lack only while we conduct the path and not when we proceeded to make tickets. TOTAL DISAPPOINTMENT
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  • very interesting visit historical sites and cultural attractions. pity not to visit all, this museum is worth seeing, steeped in history.
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  • Certosa di San Lorenzo is located in Padula, Salerno province, in Vallo di Diano, this is the first Carthusian monastery built in Campania: one of the most sumptuous monuments of southern Italy and the largest Charterhouse at national level. In 1998 he was declared World Heritage site by UNESCO. The structure of the certosa recalls the image of gridiron, on which St. Lawrence was burned alive, Holy Martyr to whom is dedicated. The monastery consists of 350 rooms, cloisters, gardens, library, Church, kitchen. Visiting it is we can dip into the life of the carthusians who spent almost their whole lives here divided into two orders: the lay brothers, who might have contact with the outside world, and those of seclusion. The Church is characterised by the presence of the coro dei conversi with wooden inlays of fine workmanship and the high altar of polished stucco with mother of Pearl inlaid. The great cloister is one of the most prominent architectural and artistic standpoint of certosa: has two orders of arcades to a total of 84 pillars. Upstairs is the weekly walk that made the fathers when they came out of seclusion, while downstairs, there are environments where monks lived in seclusion. On the opposite side of the main entrance to the cloister is the monumental elliptical staircase artwork of Gaetano beard, a pupil of architect Luigi Vanvitelli. The material used for its realization is the local pietra di Padula and Windows that surround the huge staircase you can enjoy watching the splendid Italian gardens that surround the complex, painstaking. The visit of the certosa cannot end without seeing the magnificent kitchen, whose main element that immediately strikes the eye, is the huge central hood placed over a large furnace decorated with majolica tiles. The fame of the kitchen of the monastery is connected to an historical event in 1535 mixed legend when Charles V, returning from the battle of Tunis, he stayed at the monastery with his army for two days. It is said that during this visit the monks have prepared for Emperor an omelette of well 1000 eggs. For those living in Campania at least once in their lives to visit this monumental building is inevitable!
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  • Come before the entrance of the monastery I found myself having to face stairs without any handrail. For me, with mobility impairments, as for older people in attendance, was no reason to give up the visit. May not have been expecting an easy entrance for the disabled and the elderly? If it exists, it is well hidden and not reported. Which is just as bad!
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  • Beautiful. Even if it could be kept in better condition, the architecture and the wealth of the stucco makes this place wonderful. Well worth a visit.
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  • To visit in groups while also providing other destinations, in about an hour the admission is completed.
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  • Definitely worth a visit, I hope to be able to expand the area open to visitors (library)
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