Granada Charterhouse

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Exterior of the Charterhouse (viewed in the sunset)
Dome of the tabernacle of Granada Charterhouse. Frescoes by Acisclo Antonio Palomino de Castro
View of the Monastery from the south-east

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.[1] The charterhouse displays an extensive collection of paintings, prominent among which the works of Fray Juan Sánchez Cotán.


  1. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus. An Outline of European Architecture. New York: Penguin Books, Ltd., 1963