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Certosa di Padula: pictures, description (Certosa di Padula)

Certosa di Padula, also known as Certosa di San Lorenzo di Padula, is a huge Carthusian monastery, located in the town of Padula in the Cilento national Park in the Italian region of Campania. The monastery included in the UNESCO world Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO.

Certosa di Padula is the second largest Carthusian monastery in Italy after the monastery in Pavia. Its construction lasted for about 450 years, but its main building is made in Baroque style. The total area of the monastery with 320 rooms and halls is about 51, 5 thousand sq. m.

Certosa di Padula monastery was founded by Tommaso di San Severino in April 1306, the year on the site of an ancient monastery. Religious complex bears the name of St. Lawrence, and its structure is, presumably, architecturally reminds of the grill pan, on which the Saint was burnt alive. Cloister with a total area of 12 thousand square meters is the largest in the world - he is surrounded by 84 columns. The famous spiral staircase of white marble leads into the huge library.

According to the strict Carthusian canons in Certosa provides separate areas for contemplation and prayer and work. On the one hand the peaceful cloisters, the library with the floor covered with ceramics, the monastery greenhouse and the chapel, decorated with exquisite marble inlay. The inlay, by the way, is one of the most beautiful created in the 18th century. On the other hand, huge kitchen, cellar with fermentation tanks for wine, Laundry and exorbitant yard, where the monks worked in the stables, warehouses and Creamery. The block trade was conducted between the monastery and the outside world.

Today in the building of the Certosa di Padula monastery also houses the archaeological Museum of Western Lucania, with a collection of artifacts from the necropolis of Sala and Padula Consilina. The Museum introduces visitors to the history of these places from the earliest times to the Hellenistic period.