Certosa di Padula
Certosa di Padula
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Padula Charterhouse, in Italian Certosa di Padula (or Certosa di San Lorenzo di Padula), is a large Carthusian monastery, or charterhouse, located in the town of Padula, in the Cilento National Park (near Salerno) in Southern Italy. It is a World Heritage site.
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melandrobg
Lovelock, NV27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Business
We were in the area with some time to kill. I saw some impressive pictures of the Certosa di Padua and decided it was the perfect place to stop and visit.

We were there on Easter, with few other visitors . It was quiet and peaceful.

I’m so glad we stopped. What a treat to see such history! My 2 teen boys were even impressed.
Written April 17, 2022
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Lana T
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia155 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018
Good place for spiritual and vibrational recovering))) Beautiful place to visit. I recommend for everyone not to pass by and just to go inside)))
Written January 16, 2019
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Fröken Б
Naples, Italy166 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Friends
Four stars just because some of the areas, like the courtyard of spezeria, are not at their best and look abandoned. Moreover, only two out of a dozen of monks' cells were open for visit.
However, just €4 of a ticket for such a monument is absolutely nothing. It's the place that makes you feel the past, the history, the power of architecture and piece.
It's THE charter house! The must see!
The nearby parking, €3 per car per day, is comfortable and has WC facilities and potable water fountain.
Written August 16, 2017
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marnixgroet
Milan, Italy256 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Family
Padula is nearby the motorway. This is an impressive place and one of the biggest of its kind. It has been badly treated over time.
Emptied of its treasures.
But still you can see the architecture which is huge and spectacular, and very decorated. Baroque style.
The use of the monastery has changed over time, for many different uses, so it has suffered. Its remaining magnificence is a tribute to the builders.
It may surprise, I liked the giant kitchen, with its chimney.
There is a big decorative tower at the other end, with spiral marble stairs, is to be seen!
And the huge cloister, with view on the city of Padula, above.

Ticket is acceptable.
Found the ban on taking pictures a bit ridiculous after paying the entrance. There is a lot of surveillance, but I managed to take a few beautiful ones (at the end of the afternoon, some pictures were tolerated).

The remaining decorations are beautiful (inlay).
If you are passing nearby, it is definitely worthwhile seeing it.
Not sure about making a trip on purpose, unless you are into architecture and ancient art.
The place is also worthwhile for children who can run around and will like its size.
Written September 18, 2013
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Steve-NY241
New York City, NY53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017
Amazing site that so few people who do not live near know about. The wood work and the inlaid marble on the altars are equal to any in Italy. A site not to miss
Written July 8, 2017
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Cristina P
Vancouver, Canada90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Solo
La Certosa di Padula is the largest monastery in italia and has the largest cloister in the world. Since 1998 it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. La Certosa is mostly Baroque and has several very ornate chapels, with the largest collection of scagliola work found anywhere. this is a technique for producing stucco columns, sculptures, and other architectual elements to look like inlays in marble and semi precious stones. The library has 2000 surviving manuscripts and a majolica tile floor from Vietri sul Mare. The famous 'scalone' with an elliptical double ramp, double helix staircase was used by the monks to go on their weekly passeggiata. My favourite part of the Certosa was the kitchen, which looked like it could have been the setting for 'Masterchef: Medieval edition'. The monks left the complex in 1802 and except for being used as a prison and concentration camp briefly between the wars, it was mostly abandoned. Padula received funds to start renovations in 1982. Admission is 4 Euro. Buon Viaggio, Cristina
Written March 6, 2017
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Steven M
Sydney, Australia141 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Friends
This huge complex of monastic buildings is well worth a stop along the southern highway to Reggio Calabria. The Charterhouse is dedicated to the deacon martyr Saint Laurence and images of him are everywhere, holding the grate over which he was grilled. As this is no longer an active Charterhouse, most of the abbey is open to visitors and so you get a very good sense of how the monks lived, ate, prayed, cultivated the land, etc.
Written May 22, 2016
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ooNEONoo
Manchester, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015
Beautiful and so much to see that one day is not enough,the architecture is second to none of the most famous Certosa of Europe and it is a place for university students to visit and study.
Written December 10, 2015
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Eileen T
Milwaukee, WI37 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017
It is not easy to find, nor is it "on the way" to anything else, but we were very glad we made the effort. Be sure to study the maps so you understand what parts were built in various centuries.
Written May 17, 2017
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leggio46
Melbourne, Australia9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Couples
Most facinating old monastery situated at the bottom of Padula,once inside you are in a different world.
Written October 13, 2016
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