La Cartuja Monastery and Andalusian Contemporary Art Center in Seville
According to tradition in 1248, the image of a Virgin was found (possibly hidden in Muslim era), which was renamed the Virgen de las Cuevas. At the end of the fourteenth century the Franciscans built a chapel here which would become the Monasterio de la Cartuja.
In 1810, during the invasion of the Napoleonic troops, the monks were expelled from the monastery, so it could be used by French soldiers as military barracks. Abandoned and damaged, the monastery was acquired in 1839 by an English merchant, who turned it into a factory of ceramics and porcelain. Many furnaces and chimneys were built, five of which still survive in determining the aesthetic feature of the monastery. The factory continued active on campus until 1982.
Christopher Columbus lived in the Cartuja Monastery for several years. This influenced the decision that the island of La Cartuja would be the venue of celebration of the Universal Exposition of 1992.
La Cartuja Monastery is also the headquarters of the Andalusian Contemporary Art Center.
Opening Hours La Cartuja Monastery and the Andalusian Contemporary Art Center:
Ticket Price La Cartuja Monastery and/or the Andalusian Contemporary Art Center:
Entry Monastery: 1,80 €
Free entrance from tuesdays to fridays from 19h to 21h and on saturdays from 11h to 21h
All times and ticket prices are approximate. To confirm times and fares see the official sites.