Certosa di Pavia Travel Guide

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    Bus station in Pavia
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Certosa di Pavia Things to Do

  • The monk house

    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.

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  • The big cloister

    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.

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  • The refectory

    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.

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  • The small cloister

    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...

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  • The South Apse

    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...

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  • The Central Apse

    The central apse of the church is probably the best. Here you can see wonderful frescoes of saints, apostles and holy family.

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  • The North Apse

    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.

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  • The Chapels

    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.

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  • The main nave

    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.

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  • The facade

    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!

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  • The internal courtyard

    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.

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  • The entrance

    The entrance to the monastery complex is very nice. You can see some frescoes on the facade (with saints) and on the internal roof.

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Certosa di Pavia Restaurants

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    my parents eating their sandwich

    by Mikebond Written Mar 25, 2008

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    Just outside the charterhouse there is a pic-nic area with a bar where you can buy sandwiches or piadine with ham, salami (including the typical goose salami, which I didn't try), bacon, cheese and more. In addition, this bar also sells souvenirs, photo films, books about the charterhouse and more.

    Favorite Dish: My parents and I ate a sandwich with raw ham (3.50 euro each), then I also ate a piadina with spinach and cheese (4 euro). I liked them. My parents had a coffee for 0.90 euro.

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Certosa di Pavia Transportation

  • CERTOSA DI PAVIA FROM MILANO

    I think the best option to visit Certosa di Pavia is via Pavia. Take a train from Milano Centrale to Pavia (about 2.50 €). Visit first Pavia and then take a bus from the bus station to Certosa di Pavia.It costs 1.35€ one way. The MILANO buses departure every 30 minutes from the platform 1 or 2. If in doubt, ask the driver whether he actually passes...

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  • Parking Certosa

    When you arrive to Certosa di Pavia by car, you have to park it at the Certosa parking, located very close to the chartreuse. The parking costs 2.50 euro for cars or motorcycles, 4 euro for campers, 10 for buses. Don't try to avoid the parking-keeper! The money is used to maintain the church.

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    a quip

    by Mikebond Written Mar 26, 2008

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    Fondest memory: This paper hangs in the bar where my parents and I had lunch after visiting the charterhouse. The inscription is a quip that says: "Better keeping silent and give the impression of being stupid rather than opening your mouth and taking any doubt away!"

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