Cartuja de Granada

( Granada Charterhouse )

Granada Charterhouse (Spanish: Cartuja de Granada) is a Carthusian monastery in Granada, Spain. It 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.

It arose from the decision made in 1458 by the community of the monastery of Santa María de El Paular. Construction began in 1506 once its site was established, after the transfer of land by the Great Captain, Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba. The current site does not correspond to the land ceded by the Grand Captain so it was disrelented from the project. In 1516 works that would last three centuries were restarted without finishing the initial project, and of which only part is preserved, because in 1842 the cloister and monk's cells were destroyed. The priory house was affected; it was totally destroyed in 1943. The monastery was inhabited until 1835 when the monks were expelled from it. Its construction lasted from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century.

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José Luis Filpo Cabana - CC BY 4.0
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