What made you live in Seville

La Cartuja Monastery in Seville

Monasterio de Santa María de las Cuevas / La Cartuja

Main entrance to La Cartuja Monastery (stiopacom / Shutterstock.com)

The former monastery of the Carthusian Order, La Cartuja, is one of Seville's must-see attractions. As part of the world exhibition held in 1992, the various subject areas around this monastery were set up.

Today the monastery, which was built over the centuries and is located between the arms of the Guadalquivir, is mainly visited by people interested in culture and, together with the Royal Palace Alcázar and the Cathedral of Seville, is one of the most famous sights of the city.

A place of art, culture and civilization

At the time the monastery was built, these institutions played a far more important role in society than they do today. In addition to the spiritual tasks, the art and culture of Andalusia was cultivated in the monastery. Painters and composers from all over the country were invited to present their latest works or encouraged to create new ones.

Education as an important good was brought closer not only to the monks, but also to all guests and visitors who came to the La Cartuja monastery, for example for a theater performance. Even today you will notice the many elegant halls in the monastery in which musical pieces and theater were performed.

The most prominent resident of the monastery

When the Italian-born seaman Christopher Columbus asked for admission to the Charterhouse in the 16th century, it was not yet clear to everyone how much this man should have changed the world a few years earlier. With the discovery of America, one of the greatest conquests in human history began and finally carried the Spanish language to the Andes and Tierra del Fuego.

Inside the monastery you will find interesting information about the life and career of the seafarer as well as how the legendary discovery of the New World really came about. Anecdotes and exciting stories also await you about monastery life and other former residents of La Cartuja.

A garden like out of a picture book

Monasteries across Europe were used early on to explore the world of plants and herbs. Only the most renowned gardeners in the country were employed in the monastery of La Cartuja and they designed gardens that are unparalleled in Andalusia.

You can sit down in one of the courtyards for a short break or marvel at some of the rare flowers and plants. Many of them served a purpose in the past, such as medicine. The herbalism research carried out by this monastery was once among the most advanced in the entire Iberian Peninsula.

Some works of art can still be found in the garden that were erected in the early 1990s for the purpose of the world exhibition.

The Andalusian Center for Contemporary Art is well worth seeing inside the monastery.

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