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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Mark Smith (10 months ago)
This monastery is the best place ever. We came out and were lost for words at the detail seen on the ceilings and walls. No cathedral could ever match it. Absolutely breathtaking.
Mornay Korkie (LondonTraveler) (12 months ago)
Take your time when visiting this anchient building! Read about all the paintings and gaze at all the handwork and craftsmanship of each of the Chambers. I found this very tranquil and peaceful
Carol Verity (13 months ago)
Bonkers place. 2nd time I've been and would go again. Just an incredible experience. Don't want to say too much to ruin the WOW factor. But there is one so go and see for yourself ???
Agnes Spence (13 months ago)
Well this visit was awesome.The architecture was outstanding this has got to be one of the best tourist places to visit. To appreciate the work put into it's construction and layout it has to be one of a kind. Brilliant.
Javier Bish (13 months ago)
A totally forgotten place in Granada. It's a very interesting place that people should visit right away. You can enjoy murals, architecture and paintings. A bit religious,but also historical. It's a pitty they don't have more services there. It's only a museum and there is a small souvenir shop. The owner (maybe the church???) should take over and update it a bit.
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