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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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  • Padula Charterhouse, also known as Certosa di San Lorenzo, has been recognized since 1998, Unesco World Heritage site. Walking inside, we notice the architecture of Certosa di Padula, divided into two zones: in front fall workplaces and in the second the part allocated to the facility. Anyone staying at the junction of P/Buonanitacolo, should visit the Certosa di San Lorenzo, because it is one of the most impressive monuments of the Italian artistic heritage. The architecture is predominantly Baroque, the complex has about 350 almost rooms and occupies an area of 51,500 m ² of which 15,000 involved only from the great cloister, precisely because the world's largest. In its interior there are places devoted as the cloister or the library where you could apply the Carthusian rule of "work and contemplation". To visit at least once in their lives, because magical place where history is revealed through unique feelings there ...
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  • Fascinating observation the this place and know in detail how did the monks inside ... Positive experience.,
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  • Very interesting the Certosa, with three cloisters, one with large, beautiful church with fine woodcarvings in the coro dei conversi. The Kitchen with the decoration of ceramics. In the cloister of the prosecutors there is a helical staircase that goes up to the library (not fair) which is a work of architecture-wonderful engineering. In our case being an organized visit with other people we had the help of a guide.
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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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