• Religious Tourism
    • Art & Culture
    • Navigli

Certosa di Pavia

The Certosa di Pavia, a monastery built by Gian Galeazzo Visconti as a family chapel, is connected to the castle by the Visconteo Park.

Where
Via del Monumento, 4, Certosa di Pavia
Contacts
+39 0382 924990
Official site
Infopoint
Infopoint Pavia - Piazza della Vittoria
Piazza della Vittoria, 20/D, Pavia
+39 0382399790

When construction began on 27 August 1396, Gian Galeazzo was the one to lay the first stone.

The church was covered at the behest of Francesco Sforza in 1462, while the large cloister was finished in 1472, consisting of brickwork arches supported by marble columns.

The facade of the Certosa is decorated with a series of medallions with heads of ancient historical or legendary characters that form the base. Higher up you can see scenes from the life of Christ and the Old Testament and figures of Saints and Prophets. The interior of the church retains its original gothic structure, inspired by the Milan cathedral. Its three naves are covered with vaults decorated with starry skies and figures of saints and the Carthusians. The frescoes dedicated to the families of the Sforza and Visconti are located in the left transept. Another beautiful work is the tomb of Ludovico and Beatrice d'Este, made by Solari.

The Certosa di Pavia opened its museum to the public for the first time in 1911. The ground floor of the Certosa Museum features a display of about 200 plaster casts of the reliefs that appear on the façade, the cloisters and other parts of the monastery. The first floor contains a display of hangings, sculptures, altarpieces, paintings on wood, marble reliefs and portraits of members of the Visconti and Sforza families.


Opening hours

Church and the Certosa di Pavia

November-February: 9:00-11:00 and 14:30-16:30
March: 9:00-11:30 and 14:30-17:00
April: 9:00-11:30 and 14:30-17:30
May-August: 9:00-11:30 and 14:30-18:00
September: 9:00-11:30 and 14:30-17:30
October: 9:00-11:30 and 14:30-17:00
 
Closed: Monday 
Free entrance, guided tour included

Take me here: Certosa di Pavia

Places

Pavia University Campus

An ancient and glorious history. Alessandro Volta, Ugo Foscolo, Carlo Rubbia sat on the professorships of the University of Pavia
  • Art & Culture
Pavia University Campus
6.77 km

Sant'Alessio con Vialone

  • Active & Green
Castello di San'Alessio con Vialone
7.25 km

Basilica di San Pietro in Ciel d’Oro

  • Religious Tourism
Basilica di San Pietro in Ciel d’Oro
7.4 km

Basilica of Saint Pietro in Ciel d’Oro

  • Art & Culture
Basilica of Saint Pietro in Ciel d’Oro
7.4 km

Archaeology museum and sala longobarda

  • Art & Culture
Archaeology Museum and Sala Longobarda
7.49 km

Visconti Castle

At the start of the 20th century, Visconti Castle(PV) was acquired by the local municipality and has since been home to the civic museums
  • Art & Culture
Visconti Castle
7.52 km

Fraschini theatre

  • Art & Culture
Fraschini theatre
7.75 km

Church Of Saint Salvatore Pavia

San Salvatore was an ancient and powerful monastery of Pavia
  • Art & Culture
Church Of Saint Salvatore Pavia
7.81 km

University Library of Pavia

  • Art & Culture
Salone Teresiano
7.94 km

Following history’s trails. Who is the Sun King?

  • Art & Culture
Sun King’s equestrian statue, Monuments Pavia
8.11 km

Cathedral of Pavia

The most impressive church in Pavia to whose design Leonardo Da Vinci contributed
  • Religious Tourism
Cathedral of Pavia
8.15 km

Botanical gardens university of Pavia

  • Active & Green
Orto Botanico Università di Pavia, Giardini Pavia
8.16 km

Vairano circuit

Automotive Safety Centre
  • Lifestyle
Vairano circuit
8.28 km

From Pavia to Abbiategrasso

  • Cycle Tourism
From Pavia to Abbiategrasso
8.5 km

Ponte Coperto Bridge

  • Art & Culture
Ponte Coperto Bridge
8.53 km

Pontoon bridge

This bridge is one of the last remaining pontoon bridges in Italy.
  • Navigli
Ponte delle barche
12.09 km

Golf Club Castello Tolcinasco

Opened in 1993, Castello Tolcinasco surrounds an impressive 16th century castle and its ancient court.
  • Golf
Golf Club Castello Tolcinasco, Pieve Emanuele (MI)
12.37 km

Golf Club Ambrosiano

Near Milan, the Ambrosiano is one of the most challenging Italian golf courses, which is nonetheless suitable for players of every level.
  • Golf
Golf Club Ambrosiano, Bubbiano (MI)
13.76 km

Where to sleep

DRAGONFLY

Certosa di Pavia
DRAGONFLY
1.33 km

IL PETTIROSSO

Certosa di Pavia
IL PETTIROSSO
1.5 km

AGR. CASCINA FIAMBERTA

Certosa di Pavia
AGR. CASCINA FIAMBERTA
1.89 km

ONE MILLION

Borgarello
ONE MILLION
1.92 km

CAMELIA

San Genesio ed Uniti
CAMELIA
3.44 km

IL GLICINE B&B

Certosa di Pavia
IL GLICINE B&B
3.47 km

AMACA

Pavia
AMACA
5.9 km

CA' BIANCA

Lacchiarella
CA' BIANCA
6.1 km

LA FORESTERIA DEI BALDI

Pavia
LA FORESTERIA DEI BALDI
6.51 km

VACCARI APARTMENT

Pavia
VACCARI APARTMENT
6.64 km

LA FORTUNA

Siziano
LA FORTUNA
6.76 km

THE' ALLE CINQUE

Pavia
THE' ALLE CINQUE
6.79 km

MAISON MAMI'

Pavia
MAISON MAMI'
6.83 km

RESIDENZIALE IL NAVIGLIO

Pavia
RESIDENZIALE IL NAVIGLIO
6.87 km

LIVING RENT SRL - LOMBROSO

Pavia
LIVING RENT SRL - LOMBROSO
6.96 km

UNIHO

Pavia
UNIHO
6.96 km

ISTITUTO SUORE MISSIONARIE DELL'IMMACOLATA REGINA DELLA PACE

Pavia
ISTITUTO SUORE MISSIONARIE DELL'IMMACOLATA REGINA DELLA PACE
6.97 km

FLARER 21 DI LIVING RENT SRL

Pavia
FLARER 21 DI LIVING RENT SRL
7.05 km

PAVIA AFFITTACAMERE FORESTERIA LOMBARDA

Pavia
PAVIA AFFITTACAMERE FORESTERIA LOMBARDA
7.06 km

AFFITTACAMERE PAVIA FORESTERIA LOMBARDA

Pavia
AFFITTACAMERE PAVIA FORESTERIA LOMBARDA
7.06 km