Monastery of Cartuja
Monastery in Granada
The Monasterio de la Cartuja is a monastery which once housed Carthusian monks located on a northern hill of Granada. The monastery with a special interior in baroque style dates back to 1506, but was not completed in its current state until three centuries later. The main attraction is its baroque church. This monument is often overlooked by tourists in Granada, as it sits away from the main sites, but it is well worth a visit. The Monastery of Cartuja iso officially known as ‘Monasterio de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción‘. La Cartuja has been described as “the grandest and most outrageously decorated Carthusian monastery in Spain”, which seems odd, for such an austere order.
A Short History of the Monastery of Cartuja
Monasterio de la Cartuja was formerly a Roman cemetery. In 1506 the Great Captain donated land to the monks so that they could build the Monastery. The building of the monastery began ten years later in 1516, under architect Don Gonzalo Fernandez of Córdoba. Construction began in 1516 and continued for the next three hundred years but the project was never completed. Eventually, lands were confiscated from the monks in 1836 and the cloister and the cells were destroyed in 1842 and the Prior’s House in 1943. Sadly in the years since their departure, the great cloister has been lost, along with the monks’ cells – a result of the Napoleonic war, and a lack of overall preservation.
The Carthusian monks of the Monastery of Cartuja
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