The Monastery of Cartuja - The Most Beautiful Sacristy in the World
Monasterio de la Cartuja (Cartuja Monastery) was formerly a Roman cemetery. In 1506 the Great Captain donated land to the monks so that they could build the Monastery.
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Construction was interrupted so that three centuries later it was still not completed.
You can enter the Cartuja Monastery through a simple patio with arches. Inside the monastery you will first see the Refectory and the Church.
The Church has a single nave divided into three parts.
The first part was for the monks, the second part immediately behind this for the laity, and the third, near the door of the church, was for the people.
What really has given fame to the Monastery of the Cartuja in Granada is the sacristy, to the left of the presbytery.
The Chapel has a dazzling appearance hard to describe because of the chromatic richness of its marbles.
The Cartuja Monastery is an example of a unique Baroque style and offers great paintings and sculptures of the Granada School.
Entrance Price and Opening Hours
How Much is Entrance to the Cartuja Monastery?
- General entry: individuals (over 13 yrs) and groups: 5 euros (free audioguide included).
- Students (from 13 to 25 yrs): 3.5 euros (acreditation required).
- Children under 12 and people with disabilities: free.
What Are the Cartuja Monastery Opening Hours?
- Thursday, Friday and Sunday: 10:00 - 14:00.
- Satuday: 10:00 - 18:00.
Location and How to Get to The MonasteryThe Cartuja Monastery is located on the outskirts of Granada, about two miles from the city centre, so it's best to take any of these city buses number: 8, U1 or U3.
The stop where to get off is either 'Science Education' or 'Paseo de Cartuja'.
If you prefer to go by taxi, it will cost you about 6-8 euros from the centre.
Address: Cartuja Monastery, Paseo de Cartuja, Granada.
Telephone: 958 161 932.
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Page Updated: May 19, 2021
Opinions about Cartuja Monastery in Granada
JewelLike many buildings in Granada, the Cartuja Monastery is exceptional in quality.
The highlight is the tabernacle by Francisco Hurtado Izquierdo from 1720. Spectacular, enchanting. It is, entirely in the Spanish Baroque tradition, overflowing with ornamentation and sculpture.
Many other rooms in the monastery are richly decorated as well: Too much is never enough. What taste and mastery of form! What an investment!
When we were there in 2016 (and in 1980!) an altar had to be supported with wood. Hopefully that has been repaired and the monastery has had a refurbishment.
It is impossible to remember all that can be seen in the monastery, it is just too much. Too bad, one is not allowed to take pictures.
Pieter (The Netherlands)
Leaflet available in EnglishWould be great to have a leaflet available in English. This is such a beautiful place and I wanted to know more about what I was seeing as I walked around (Sally).