Pavia Monastery

Amid the tranquil Lombardy countryside stands the Certosa di Pavia, a grand Carthusian monastery that harmoniously blends Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Read more

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This splendid edifice, with its intricate façades and serene cloisters, is a mesmerizing testament to Italy's profound religious and artistic traditions. Founded by Gian Galeazzo Visconti, the first Duke of Milan, in 1396, the Certosa di Pavia was intended as a lavish family mausoleum. Over the centuries, it became an important center of religious life and art. The monastery's construction spanned decades, reflecting the changing architectural styles and influences of the times. It is especially renowned for its exquisite marble façades, adorned with detailed sculptures, frescoes, and reliefs that depict religious narratives and daily monastic life. Its interiors are equally enchanting, boasting priceless artworks, intricate woodwork, and ornate altars.
The Certosa di Pavia isn't just an architectural marvel; it's a sanctuary where art, faith, and nature converge. As visitors meander through its sacred spaces, the hallowed echoes of prayers past and the whispers of centuries-old stones invite deep reflection and reverence.

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The most famous sights
What to do in Certosa di Pavia

Main Facade

Marvel at the monastery's ornate front façade, a masterpiece showcasing Gothic pinnacles, Renaissance motifs, and a myriad of statues.

Great Cloister

Experience tranquility in the vast Great Cloister, surrounded by graceful arcades and punctuated by lush gardens.

Small Cloister

Discover the intimate charm of the Small Cloister, a haven of peace adorned with delicate frescoes.

Church of the Certosa

Delve into the heart of the monastery, where the church's sumptuous interiors are highlighted by gilded altars, vivid frescoes, and intricate stained glass.

Monastic Cells

Explore the preserved cells where monks once lived in solitude, offering insights into their ascetic lives.

Mausoleum of the Visconti Family

Pay respects at this opulent resting place of the founding family, adorned with grand statues and touching epitaphs.

Monastery Museum

Engage with the rich heritage of the Certosa through a curated collection of liturgical objects, manuscripts, and artworks.


Witness the grandeur of the dining hall, where masterful frescoes narrate biblical tales above long, ancient tables.

Surrounding Gardens

Bask in the serene ambiance of the meticulously maintained gardens that encircle the monastery.

Local Artisan Workshops

Nearby, immerse yourself in traditional crafts, observing artisans at work and procuring unique souvenirs.

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