May 6, 2019
Written By Andalucía Experiencias
The visit starts at 11:00 am at the Puerta Tierra, located in the Americo Vespuccio Avenue. You will be guided from orchards and gardens, covering different areas and buildings in the area, an ideal place for photography lovers. Remenber ! this is an exclusive private tour.
Then you will move into the monastery, now known as the Centro “Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo” where the different rooms of the monastery become showrooms. It´s a majestic chapter house with the crypts of the promoters of the monastery. The main cloister with the typical “chimneys” that for years became famous earthenware factory of Seville “La Cartuja”.
In its six centuries of experience, the Cartuja Monastery has known moments of great splendor and of severe crisis. Its geographical location, along the Guadalquivir River, has made it a victim to numerous floods. The Carthusian community has offered protection and enrichment, particularly the Sevillian families; Mena, Ribera and Veraguas.
It was at the Cartuja Monastery where the remains of Christopher Columbus were deposited during thirty years, given that the admiral was a fervent visitor of the Monastery, it was here where he prepared his second voyage to America.
“Santa María de las Cuevas” was also the spiritual retreat for Philip II and was also frequented by Arias Montano and Saint Theresa of Jesus, and all the Spanish Kings that passed through Seville. In the artistic aspect, the Monastery was enriched by important art collections from Alejo Fernández, Durero, Pace Gazini and Aprile de Carona, Montañés and Mesa,Murillo, Cano and Zurbarán, Pedro Roldán, Duque Cornejo and others.
The Cartuja was more than just a stable monument, a walled city in continuous change. In 1810, during the Napoleonic invasion, the Carthusians were expelled, the monastery was invaded by the French and was transformed into barracks for the French troops. The monks fled to Portugal and returned in 1812, when they were definitely secularized in 1836 during the period of the Confiscations of Mendizábal.
Abandoned and battered, the Monastery was acquired in 1939 by the English merchant Charles Pickman, who installed a porcelain china and ceramics factory inside the monastery in 1841. The adaptation of the Cartuja to fit the needs of the factory were at first very respectful of the building’s original purpose.
Your tour ends in the gardens of the Marquesa, where many surprises will be waiting for you.
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