The big cloister is 125 meters long and 100 meters wide. On this cloister there are the houses of the monks. The pillars are decorated with angels and holy figures. On the wall you can see some frescoes.
The small cloister is one of the most beautiful place of the Certosa. In the middle it has got a nice garden. The small cloister was the heart of the monks comunity and it connected the church with the other rooms of the monastery.
From this cloister you can see a interesting view of the left side of the church. The statues on the pillars of the cloister are works made by Rinaldo de Stauris between 1463 and 1478. In some arches you can see the frescoes made by Daniele Crespi.
In the south apse you can see the nice tomb of Gian Galeazzo Visconti with angels and the Mary. The tomb is a work of Giovanni Cristoforo Romano and Benedetto Briosco and it was built between 1494 and 1497.
Near the tomb there is a fresco made by Bergognone with Gian Galeazzo Visconti who show to the Mary the model of the Certosa made between 1490 and 1495.
In the north apse of the church you can see the tomb of Ludovico Sforza (1452 -1508) and his wife Beatrice d'Este. This monument was made by Cristoforo Solari in 1564.
In front of the tomb there is a fresco made by Bergognone with the Incoranation of Mary between Francesco Sforza and Ludovico il Moro.
On the sides of the naves there are six chapels with altarpieces made by Bergognone (Pala Sant'Ambrogio, Pala San Siro and the Crocifissione. In the chapels you can see works made by Perugino, Cerano, Morazzone, Guercino and Francesco Cairo.
The church of the Certosa has got a latin crox shape and it is suddivided in three naves. Every nave has got Groin vaults decorated with frescoes. The wall of the facade is decorated with frescos of saints.
The facade of the church of the Certosa was created with a overlap of rectangles with decorations of the nothern Italian gothic. The facade was made by Cristoforo Mantegazza and Giovanni Antonio Amadeo.
Today it is under restoration, so you can't admire in all its beauty!
aEveryone of the 24 houses of the monks has got three rooms and a garden. Near the entrance of the house there is a hole where the monk received his food during the day.
The refectory is the place where the monks went to eat. They ate in silent listening the words of God. On the wall you can see the Last Supper.
The central apse of the church is probably the best. Here you can see wonderful frescoes of saints, apostles and holy family.
The internal courtyard of the Certosa is a wide square where there were the buildings opening to the common people. Here there was the rest for the pilgrims and for the duches of Milan.
The entrance to the monastery complex is very nice. You can see some frescoes on the facade (with saints) and on the internal roof.