Granada Charterhouse

Granada, Spain

Granada Charterhouse  is one of the finest examples of Spanish Baroque architecture. The charterhouse was founded in 1506; construction started ten years later, and continued for the following 300 years. While the exterior is a tame ember in comparison, the interior of the monastery's is a flamboyant explosion of ornamentation. Its complex echoing geometric surfaces make of it one of the masterpieces of Churrigueresque style.

The most striking features include the tabernacle, constructed to a design by Francisco Hurtado Izquierdo, the church and the famous sacristy, built between 1727 and 1764 by Luis de Arévalo and F. Manuel Vasquez. The charterhouse displays an extensive collection of paintings, prominent among which the works of Fray Juan Sánchez Cotán.



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Founded: 1506
Category: Religious sites in Spain

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Daniela Mittelstadt (2 years ago)
A must see place. I was not expecting much of yet another monastery and I was definitely blown away by this one. It’s architecture is just wonderful! Not to be missed!
Brian Setyo (2 years ago)
Lovely place to learn more about the church and it's people. It was fascinating to see and learn how the church was used. There's an entrance fee for it, but with it you get an free audio guide. For a general ticket it's €5,- and €3,50 for students (with display of your student card)
jason mills (2 years ago)
This place was a real surprise. Fantastic audio guide. Amazing art work. When we went about an hour before it closed it was so quiet there was only a handful of people which is great. It’s so much nicer to appreciate these ancient places without the hordes of tourists. It’s well worth a visit.
Phillip Hodgson (2 years ago)
This feels like another hidden gem. It's a but out of town so you need to catch the number 8 bus, only 12 minutes though. The return bus stop is a bit misleading, use the one to the left of the entrance on the hill. Inside you find a wealth of beauty and artwork. A good historical narration is included so prepare to be educated. Much quieter than town, nowhere to buy drinks si bring some water. A relaxing and peaceful but piece of history. Hope you enjoy it.
Judith Leupen (2 years ago)
Beautiful monastery with a very good audio tour explaining about the building, the Carthusian way of living and the art. The chapel is also stunning and full of details. The contrast between the area's for the monks and the chapel is fascinating. Just a little outside the city center. Easy to walk to or to take the Granada tour train
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