What to see in Granada
The Monastery of La Cartuja is a temple that housed, from the 16th century to the 19th century, a community of monks of the Carthusian order. It is considered one of the most representative works of the Spanish Baroque style.
Like many other churches, this monastery underwent an extremely long and eventful construction over three centuries. This led to an interesting mix of architectural styles until, finally, the Carthusians were expelled in 1835 during the confiscation, leaving the monastery neglected and abandoned.
It is a monumental and profusely decorated building, with interesting and characteristic details such as its original 16th-century doorway in an unmistakable Plateresque style, a 17th-century cloister with a Doric-style archway, a refectory with Gothic ribbing containing semicircular arches, and a rich collection of paintings.
Other details are the 16th-century Lego Chapel with a beautiful altarpiece by Juan Sánchez Cotán, an imposing dome painted by the famous artist Antonio Palomino and various rooms decorated in a rich artistic style, including paintings by Juan Sánchez Cotán and Vicente Carducho.
The Baroque style stands out in the sacristy, which has deep ornamentation with works by Tomás Ferrer in its dome and interesting decor that impresses at first glance.
Due to its rich heritage, historical and artistic value, the Monastery of La Cartuja received the declaration of Asset of Cultural Interest and Historical-Artistic Monument in June 1931.