Certosa of San Lorenzo in Padula
The Certosa di San Lorenzo, more commonly known as the Certosa di Padula, was built at the behest of Tommaso Sanseverino starting from 1306 until 1700. In 1998, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and in 2002 it was included by the Campania Region in the ranks of the Great Cultural Attractors. The Certosa di San Lorenzo in Padula is a fascinating place, rich in history and intense spirituality.
From the atrium, dominated by the large Baroque facade, you pass to the stables, workshops, pharmacy and cellars. Magnificent is the spectacle of the large cloister, one of the largest in the world, which has two orders of arcades and 84 arches.
Along the portico there are the Carthusian quarters and at the end, in an octagonal tower, the spectacular elliptical staircase. It is divided into two large areas: the “low house”, more in contact with the outside world, where the Carthusian community’s livelihood activities took place (apothecary, stables, granaries and warehouses located in the external courtyard) and the “high house” with the spaces of the monks ‘community life (church, kitchen, refectory, treasury and chapter room) and the tightly enclosed spaces organized around the large cloister (monks’ cells and gardens, prior’s apartment, library).
Today the Certosa houses the Archaeological Museum of Western Lucania, representing the right combination of culture and nature.