Fabrizio Fiorenzano
Fabrizio Fiorenzano

PADULA CERTOSA

Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998, the Certosa di San Lorenzo, also known as the Certosa di Padula, is certainly one of the most beautiful places in Cilento and in the province of Salerno.
The beautiful Certosa di San Lorenzo makes the Municipality of Padula the main destination for religious tourism in Campania as well as being among the most evocative monuments of the Italian artistic heritage.
The architectural style is almost mainly Baroque, in fact there are very few surviving traces of the fourteenth century. The complex has about 350 rooms and occupies an area of ​​51,500 m² of which 15,000 occupied only by the cloister, the largest in the world. The Charterhouse of San Lorenzo, thanks to its vast extension, is second only to the Charterhouse of Grenoble in France.
This Carthusian monastery, the first to be erected in Campania, was founded by Tommaso di San Severino in 1306 and dedicated to San Lorenzo. It includes three cloisters, a garden, a courtyard and a church.

The monastery:
It is possible to divide the architectural layout of the Certosa di Padula into two areas: the first includes the workplaces while the second is the area of ​​residence of the monks.
The structure of the Charterhouse, as for all the other Charterhouses, follows the Carthusian rule, that is the rule that preaches work and contemplation. Precisely for this reason in the Charterhouse there are different places for their implementation: the cloister, the library, where it is still possible to admire the floor made of Vietrese ceramic tiles, the Chapel decorated with precious marbles, the large kitchen, the large wine cellars, the laundries and the neighboring fields where the fruits of the earth were cultivated for the sustenance of the monks.

Words by livesalerno.com

Photos by Fabrizio Fiorenzano

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