Culture and traditions

Monastery of la Cartuja – Granada

The Monastery of Our Lady of the Assumption, known as The Cartuja of Granada It is located about 2 kilometers from the urban center.

Don Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba, the Great Captain, donated land owned by him for the building. Subsequent disagreements with the monks caused him to stop financing the project. Thus, the construction lasted 300 years, so it began with Gothic style to end with a decoration of the most splendid baroque.

The Cartuja of Granada

Of the whole complex, only part of what was built between the 16th and 18th centuries is preserved. Serious damage was caused by the Napoleonic wars and the confiscation, at which time the monks left the Monastery. Today you can visit the Church, the Tabernacle, the Sacristy and the Cloister.

Tabernacle Dome

At present the entrance to the Monastery is by simple Cloister decorated with arches in Tuscan Doric style. The church it is of a single ship divided in three parts: the Presbytery, destined to the monks, separated by a door the Choir for the lay brothers and then, the zone for the town.

But it is the Sacristy, so rich and profusely decorated, the one that has given it fame for the chromatic richness of its marbles and the carved wooden chest of drawers. The decoration of the walls with beautiful paintings by Sánchez Cotán in the Refectory enhances the simplicity of the place. All the paintings and sculptures of the Monastery are great works of the Granada school.

Church of the Monastery of La Cartuja

It can be visited from Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm and from 3:30 pm to 6 pm, and Sundays from 10 am to 12 pm and from 4 pm to 7 pm. Admission is € 3, 50. Urban buses lines 8 and C arrive there.

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