Certosa di Pavia (Carthusian Monastery) : Michelin's recommendations
Jean-Galeas Visconti (1351-1402), the Grand Duke of Milan founded this Carthusian Monastery in 1396 for he wished to have the family mausoleum there. But he never saw his masterpiece completed as most of it was built in the 15C and 16C. In front is the old palace of the Dukes of Milan to the right and to the left are the studies of the sculptors entrusted with the decoration, the facade is entrancing from first glance with its profusion of detailed work, which does not harm the elegant sobriety of its structure. The lower half is the most ornate and was built between1473 and 1499 by the Mantegazza brothers, as well as by the by the architect-sculptor Amadeo; the upper part, is by Cristoforo Lombardo. Multicoloured marble sculptures, medallions, statues of saints, foliated scrolls and garlands, and ornamental motifs relating Biblical scenes and the life of Christ, as well as that of its founder. The interior is also superb: Gothic of course but it foresees the Renaissance... Raise your eyes and you will be surprised beyond the right-hand chapels by a Carthusian monk who spies on visitors from a twin window. A trompe-l'oeil of course! Among the works of art are paintings by Bergognonne, in the right arm of the transept above the entrance to the small cloister and on the ceiling of the refectory, and, above the arcades of the harmonious great cloister, are the roofs and chimneys of the cells where the Carthusian monks lived until 1968. Finally, you must see the triptych of Baldassare degli Embriachi in the old sacristy made of hippopotamus teeth and ivory at the end of the 14C.
- Address : SS35 I - 27100 Pavia27100Pavia
- Phone : 0382 925613