Andalusia Sights

Monasterio de La Cartuja

  • C. de Alfacar Map It
  • Cartuja
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 08/18/2015

Fodor's Review

This Carthusian monastery in northern Granada (2 km [1 mile] from the center of town and reached by Bus No. N7) was begun in 1506 and moved to its present site in 1516, though construction continued for the next 300 years. The exterior is sober and monolithic, but inside are twisted, multicolor marble columns; a profusion of gold, silver, tortoiseshell, and ivory; intricate stucco; and the extravagant sacristy—it's easy to see why it has been called the Christian answer to the Alhambra. Among its wonders are the trompe-l'oeil spikes, shadows and all, in the Sanchez Cotan cross over the Last Supper painting at the west end of the refectory. If you're lucky you may see small birds attempting to land on these faux perches.

Sight Information


C. de Alfacar, Granada, 18011, Spain

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Sight Details:

  • €4
  • Apr.–Oct., daily 10–1 and 4–8; Nov.–Mar., daily 10–1 and 3–6

Published 08/18/2015


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