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“Interesting Architecture” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Santa Maria de las Cuevas Monastery (La Cartuja)

Santa Maria de las Cuevas Monastery (La Cartuja)
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Cartuja Monastery Guided Tour in Seville
Ranked #88 of 276 things to do in Seville
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Owner description: This beautiful monastery, founded in 1400, served as the treasury for Christopher Columbus' family wealth.
Malaga, Spain
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“Interesting Architecture”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2013

La Cartuja has interesting architecture, as well as an interesting history. It is a bit far from downtown, so most tourists never see it. However I think one visit to this place will be interesting to the tourist. The contemporary art that is exhibited there is not for everyone. I prefer more traditional art than the contemporary art one sees here.

Visited November 2013
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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“Huge monastery complex!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2013

Incredibly enormously big!!!!! This place holds lots of history, it was worth the trip since it was way out of the city limit where tourists don't usually walk to. Impressive art collection that took me 1.5 hours to see the whole art collection.
The place has a lot to offer if you give it a chance, entrance is €1.80 ridiculously cheap for a museum that has a lot to offer.
Is it a must see? Definitely!!!!!!!!!

Visited August 2013
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Adelaide, Australia
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“Read the history and stop by.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

We were driving past knowing nothing and we came across one of the most magnificent architectural churches and monasteries we have seen, just sitting out there. It wasn't open but we intend to go back as it is just so beautiful and calm. Not many tourists and out of the way but a delight. Shouldn't miss this if you like this type of experience. You may feel you have seen a lot of churches but this one is grand.

Visited May 2013
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Malaga, Spain
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“Interesting History But Not Much to See”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2012

In the 12th century, the Almohade Dynasty installed kilns by the river Guadalquivir on its right bank, where there was abundant clay to make bricks. In the 15th century, the Carthusian monks built a monastery there with the name of Santa Maria de las Cuevas. The site was used by Columbus and later it became the second place where Columbus was buried. In 1810 the monks were forced out by the French troops during the Napoleonic invasion of Spain and the monastery was used as a military barracks. In 1835 the Spanish government confiscated the property from the monks.

In 1839 Charles Pickman bought the property and installed a factory that made ceramics and porcelains. The factory was called La Cartuja. This lasted until 1982.

Today the buildings are used as the site of the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Andalucia. The place has an impressive entrance gate, a domed church with chapels and Mudejar cloisters, and several patios.

Visited November 2011
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