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La Cartuja in Jerez

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La Cartuja in Jerez

Hoping to visit the Cartuja in Jerez during Santa Santa. Is it possible there is bus service to the monastery from the center of Jerez or will I need a taxi? From what I read, it is worth the visit even though the chapels are not open to the public. Has anyone visited the Cartuja?

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I have passed La Cartuja on a number of occasions and once visited the grounds and went to the chapel where a service was taking place last year. The main part of the chapel is screened off but members of the public are or at least were allowed entry and could listen to the music and song. Going during Semana Santa may be a good opportunity however it is awkward to reach if you do not have a car so would have to be a taxi as cannot imagine any bus. A little further away from Jerez in same direction and a few kms from La Cartuja is a breeding stud and they hold Saturday weekly visits which are most interesting if you like horses and the history of the breed. See:

Yeguada de la Cartuja .


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This was my experience:

About 5 km outside the city center along the road going to Malaga (the A381 roadway) is La Cartuja, a monastery whose real name is El Monasterio de Nuestra Señora de la Defension (The Monastery of Our Lady of Defense). This structure is considered the most important monument in the Province of Cadiz. The monastery belongs to the Cartesian Order and no one can enter the monastery or church, but everyone can see the exterior and garden, which is worth the trip to this place.

The monastery was founded by Don Alvaro Obertos de Valeto in 1453. He was a noble of Jerez and the construction started in 1478. The basic plan of the monastery was Gothic, but since the construction took a long time, now it is a mixture of styles.

There is a wonderful Renaissance doorway that was constructed in 1571 by Andres de Ribera. The doorway is just that, a big architectural doorway made of marble and embellished with four big marble columns. The door itself is made of wood. This doorway is very impressive and really beautiful. This leads to the garden, where you can see the main facade of the church. The facade is also very impressive and is a mixture of styles, the main style being Baroque. The facade is all marble and stone and has three different levels, with many columns and statues of saints set in niches. It is said that the church was rich with paintings of Zurbaran, but these were all taken away in 1835 during the secularization of the churches, and these paintings are now in the Bellas Artes Museum in Cadiz.

When we went to La Cartuja, we were met by two small dogs that were very happy with our visit. They jumped and jumped on us. We wonder if they belong to the monks. Our observation is that the buildings are eroding away and they need restoration, otherwise these architectural jewels will be destroyed with time.

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