The Charterhouse of Pisa was completely remodelled and enriched by eminent artists in the baroque period and in the late 18th century. Workers from Carrara built the façade and the interior, lavishly decorated with frescoes, polychrome marbles and wooden works.
The three cloisters – the prior’s, capitular and grand cloister – are embellished with arcades and silent and charming ambulatories. A fountain stands at the centre of a Renaissance garden overlooked by the cells of the Carthusian monks, who were famous for their patience and for the care they took in their artistic, scientific and literary productions.
The last monks left the Charterhouse in 1972. The complex restoration work that followed has made it possible to open to visitors the cells (each with a small garden and workshop), the cloisters, the arcades, the refectory, the church, the chapter and the library with its many manuscripts and ancient texts. Open to the public are also the guest quarters, the oil mill, the granary, the pharmacy and the prior’s and Granduke’s apartments.
The Charterhouse houses also the Natural History Museum of the University of Pisa.