Carthusian Church Monastery

Kartuzy, Poland

Built in 1380, the amazing Gothic church originally featured a simple shingle roof, which was changed into its now notorious coffin-shaped lead sheet iron form in the 1730s. The church and surrounding ensemble of buildings were once home to a small group of Carthusian monks from Bohemia, a peculiar brotherhood who favoured among other eccentricities a Trappist lifestyle and sleeping in coffins. Inside, find a rich collection of Baroque altars, 29 elaborately carved wooden seats for the monks, a large collection of 17th-century religious paintings and the famous clock pendulum on which hangs a white angel swinging a scythe, accompanied by the eerie words ‘each passing seconds brings you closer to your death’. The church is considered by many to be one of the most interesting religious buildings in Europe and is an absolute must-see and includes a cafe where you can watch a film about Kartuzy.

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Klasztorna 5, Kartuzy, Poland
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Founded: 1380
Category: Religious sites in Poland

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Marc Step (2 years ago)
Memento mori ?️
Rafal Kedzierski (2 years ago)
Beautiful church !!!
Rafal W (2 years ago)
Bardzo interesująca. Plus za dyżur pana w zakrystii, który umożliwia zwiedzanie np poniedziałek o 15. Plus za parking bezpłatny obok kolegiaty. Dobre miejsce na przystanek podczas letniej wędrówki, dojazd drogą jednokierunkową.
Roman Rutkowski (2 years ago)
Znakomicie zachowany, wyjatkowo ciekawy kościół z XIV wieku. Kto odważy się stanąć pod wachadlem zegara z aniołem śmierci? Legenda glosi, że gdy ktoś pod nim stanie a wachadlo sie zatrzyma to niebawem umrze...
Mateusz Rydzak (4 years ago)
Great place to visit. Old Monastery of Cartusians. Beatiful art and area with lake making this place one of top of must to visit in Poland. Eremites houses and old building are renewed, many interesting stpries and history. Piękne miejsce do zobaczenia, polecam serdecznie!!!
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