Certosa di San Martino

Naples, Italy

The Certosa di San Martino is a former monastery complex and now a museum. Along with Castel Sant'Elmo that stands beside it, this is the most visible landmark of the city, perched atop the Vomero hill that commands the gulf. A Carthusian monastery, it was finished and inaugurated under the rule of Queen Joan I in 1368. It was dedicated to St. Martin of Tours. During the first half of the 16th century it was expanded. Later, in 1623, it was further expanded and became, under the direction of architect Cosimo Fanzago, essentially the structure one sees today.

In the early 19th century, under French rule the monastery was closed and was abandoned by the religious order. Today, the buildings house a museum with a display of Spanish and Bourbon era artifacts, as well as displays of the presepe—Nativity scene—considered to be among the finest in the world.



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Founded: 1368
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Magdalena O. (15 months ago)
Very nice views. The boats are impressive.
Jane Slowgrove (15 months ago)
Lovely views, beautiful painted ceilings only reason not a 5 is due to lack of English descriptions to read. There for many things but not for all, otherwise a 5 definitely.
Lorenzo Giordano (17 months ago)
The best Place in Naples. Here you can observe the best City view.
Adam Daniels (18 months ago)
Location is stupendous. The views from the priors quarters and the courtyard out front are beautiful. The church is utterly bonkers and because you can't go in you get anuninterrupted view of the marble floor. The museum is excellent (my favourite the Ribera). The royal barges were fascinating.
Sav (19 months ago)
It contain very unique piece of art and it is a very interesting place. It could deserve a 5stars, and I shall put 2stars instead of 4 because of too many rooms closed because of lack of personell or safety (like for the underground). NEED TO BE DONE MORE, I was not the only visitor upset for that and it is not the first time has happen in recent year. People visit and pay for it, let's respect the Place and the visitors.
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