Monasterio de la Cartuja

sights / Religious

Monasterio de la Cartuja information

Granada , Spain
Paseo de la Cartuja
admission €3.50
Opening hours
10am-1pm & 4-8pm Mon-Sat, 10am-noon Sun
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Built between the 16th and 18th centuries by the Carthusian monks themselves, this 16th-century monastery has an imposing sand-coloured stone exterior, but it is the lavish baroque monastery church that people come to see, especially the sagrario (sanctuary) behind the main altar, a confection of red, black, white and grey-blue marble, columns with golden capitals, profuse sculpture and a beautiful frescoed cupola.

To the left of the main altar lies the sacristía (sacristy), the ultimate expression of Spanish late baroque, in effusive ‘wedding-cake’ stucco and brown-and-white Lanjarón marble (resembling a melange of chocolate mousse and cream). The sacristía’s cabinets, veneered and inlaid with mahogany, ebony, ivory, shell and silver in the 18th century, represent a high point of Granada’s marquetry art.

San Bruno, founder of the Carthusian order, can be seen everywhere, looking wan and contemplating a skull; a few of his bones are embedded in the gilt and mirrored altar.