Royal Carthusian Monastery (Real Cartuja), Valldemossa
Monastery in Palma
A visit to the Valldemossa Monastery is a journey into the past, where the famous composer Chopin and writer George Sand spent the winter of 1838-1839. Originally a royal residence, known as the Real Cartuja or Royal Carthusian Monastery, this historic site served as a home for Carthusian monks from 1399 until 1835.
The origins of the cartuja trace back to the time of King Jaume II, who selected this location to build a palace for his son, Sancho. However, in 1399, it was generously donated to the Carthusian monks, who inhabited and transformed it into a place of devotion and study.
The monastery features white-arched corridors that lead to individual “cells,” each housing museums dedicated to various themes. As you explore, make sure to visit the old pharmacy, where the aroma of herbs still lingers, and then peek into the library—a space where the monks would gather for their brief weekly human interaction.
One of the highlights of the monastery is the modern art museum, showcasing works by renowned artists such as Picasso, Miró, and Juli Ramis. Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to visit Chopin’s cell, providing a glimpse into the composer’s time spent in this serene and historic setting.
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Visiting Royal Carthusian Monastery (Real Cartuja), Valldemossa
Hours: I 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday.
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturdays