Certosa di Pavia

Certosa di Pavia

Certosa di Pavia
4.5
Historic Sites • Religious Sites
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
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mrstraveller1
York, UK1,576 contributions
Quite Stunning
Jul 2021
Well worth the trip, the Certosa is magnificent, particularly its marbled facade.
I didn’t make it to the the 10am tour so looked around self guided. Entrance to the main building is free. A monk beckoned us to pass through the metal gates inside & discover the stunning chapels hidden within, & then onward to the interior courtyards. A donation is expected upon departure, with most following the lead of €10. The rule not to take photographs was widely, if furtively, ignored. Didn’t appear to be strict adherence to modest clothing particularly either. There is car parking close by & the attraction is served by bus & train. The latter takes 7 or 8 minutes from Pavia. There’s a bit of a walk from Certosa Station to the monastery, around a kilometre. The museum was closed during my visit, but a little shop selling honey & such like was open.
Written 2 August 2021
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John M
Santa Cruz, CA4,359 contributions
IMPORTANT!!! Be at the inside gate at 10AM SHARP for the excellent FREE TOUR!
May 2021
Reading the other reviews, it is obvious that casual visitors do not understand the program. You can walk the grounds and there is a small museum with limited hours, but there is a very special FREE TOUR at 10AM SHARP. You enter the main building and go to the far end and wait in front of an iron gate. At 10AM, a monk opens the gate, lets in about 50 people, and then locks the gate. The tour of the facility and monk living quarters is about an hour and extremely interesting, although it is offered only in Italian language. There is no fee, but everyone gave the guide a tip of about 5 euro, and he asks visitors to buy things in the gift shop to support the institution, which I did. Please buy there and not from the unrelated vendors out on the street in front of the complex. There is a nice, inexpensive book in English that explains the history, and you can study after your tour.
Written 28 June 2021
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PaulB
Maastricht, The Netherlands2,172 contributions
Certainly Certosa.
Jul 2019
The Certosa di Pavia is located about 10 km north of the city of Pavia.
It is one of the largest monasteries in Italy and one of the most beautiful.
The facade of the church of Certosa di Pavia is a true work of art, entirely made of marble and richly decorated with countless details. Medallions with the heads of historical figures and legendary heroes, scenes from the life of Christ, stories from the Old Testament, saints, prophets etc.
Construction began in 1396 and took until 1462.
The design was in the hands of Bernardo da Venezia, who also signed for the Duomo of Milan.
Another ten years later, the convent belonging to the church was finally finished.
Above all, the church breathes gothic, just like the Duomo of Milan. Golden stars shine on the ceiling.
You can also enter the inner garden through the heavy doors of the monastery,.
The monastery is still inhabited by Cistercian monks. The monks live around the small monastery garden, each in its own house.
They themselves may not have any property. Usually the style of the monasteries of the Cistercian monks was simple and sober. This monastery is really an exception to that rule, with its mix of Gothic and Renaissance architecture.

The Certosa di Pavia is open every day except Mondays.
In the morning you can go there from 9 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. (from November to February to 11 a.m.), in the afternoon from 2.30 p.m. to 5 p.m. or 5.30 p.m. (from November to March to 4.30 p.m., from May up to and including August until 6 pm).
The monastery also has a small museum, which unfortunately is not always open (you have the best chance from Thursday through Sunday in the afternoon). Two hundred models for the relief images on the facade, special altarpieces, paintings, sculptures and portraits an be admired in this museaum.
Believe it or not, admission to both the church and the museum is free. Therefore, one should at least give a (small) donation and/or buy something in the museum shop.
Written 24 September 2019
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peebee43
Leigh-on Sea, UK691 contributions
Well worth a visit.
Aug 2019
It is a bit outside Pavia but well worth the detour. A beautiful monastry with a magnificent frontage. It is vast inside as are the cloisters outside.
Written 20 September 2019
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h_schamhardt
The Netherlands183 contributions
Beautiful monastery, but some key points...
Jul 2019 • Family
Seen about this monastery somewhere, and we were not disappointed, it is absolutely beautiful! We were allowed to enter the church and some of the complex without a guide, so could see everything at our own speed (but no explanations).
As is the case in many (Italian) churches, they expect the visitors to show the decency of dressing properly (covered shoulders, no short shorts/minidresses, etc.). And as in many religious places, indeed no photos allowed. When exiting a "donation" requested (or required), however again other (religious monuments ask a much bigger entrance fee...) Still an amazing place to visit.
However, opening times are limited (2 hours in morning, 2 in afternoon) and very tightly kept (you even get asked to leave the (itself quite nice store) at 1135 or so...). Not sure if this has to do with a (religious) schedule, or is just the rudeness other reviews describe...
So an amazing place, but with some key points to remember/realize (and service is not per se one of them...)
Written 23 July 2019
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lakegirl48
Uk552 contributions
Extremely beautiful
May 2019 • Couples
I was unable to find much info on the Certosa before we arrived.
In order to visit you pay for your car parking, €3 per hour when we visited, and then give a donation at the end of your compulsory tour. The monk who showed our group around was so cheerful and informative that we really enjoyed his company while he showed us around. Such a difference from what we had expected from the negative notices placed around the entrance to the building - mostly beginning 'DO NOT'. The Certosa itself is full of beauty and history and we learned a lot while we were taken around the area. If we are ever near the Certosa again I think we'd certainly return for a visit.
Written 19 July 2019
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kvavik U
Santa Fe, NM265 contributions
Stunning
Apr 2019
We spent an afternoon at the Certosa and were amazed at the intricate stone work on the facade as well as the interior. The side chapels are too dark to see, but the main areas are well lit. We went on Liberation Day and encountered enormous crowds - better to avoid a holiday visit. We combined the visit with a pleasant walk through Pavia.

Getting there by train was easy, although the walk from the Certosa to the train station at Certosa di Pavia, is longer than is normally described in various guides.
Written 30 April 2019
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larrywolfley
Bangkok, Thailand15 contributions
A must-see in this part of Italy.
Nov 2018
Pictures are not allowed, and I honored this, except I did take a good shot of the facade as I was leaving. And indeed the facade alone is worth the short trip (5 kilometers or so) out of Pavia. The interior is amazing, but like all such places, difficult to absorb in one visit. The countryside is nice, nice to get out of town. Watch the opening times carefully, and you will also find out when the guided tours take place-only in Italian unfortunately.
Written 17 December 2018
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joseph c
Bethlehem, PA241 contributions
astonishing
Jan 2018 • Solo
went tjere several times when i studiet at the university of pavia. astonishing marble finish with the cloisters and thevmonks cells. a must see if you are in the area. 5 stars
Written 2 November 2018
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Marie Lourdes B
Makati, Philippines13 contributions
Certosa di Pavia
Jul 2018
Excellent! Its taking a walk in the past. But check the day you are going as this place is closed on Mondays.
Written 4 August 2018
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Certosa di Pavia is open:
  • Tue - Sun 09:00 - 11:30
  • Tue - Sun 14:30 - 16:30