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Encyclopedia > Certosa di San Martino
The San Martino museum in Naples with Sant'Elmo fortress visible behind it.
The San Martino museum in Naples with Sant'Elmo fortress visible behind it.

The Certosa di San Martino (Italian St. Martin's Charterhouse) is a former monastery complex, now a museum, in Naples, southern Italy. It the most visible landmark of the city, perched atop the Vomero hill that commands the gulf. A Carthusian monastery, it was finished and inaugurated under the rule of Queen Joan I in 1368. It was dedicated to St. Martin, bishop of Tours. During the first half of the sixteenth century it was expanded. Later, in 1623, it was further expanded and became, under the direction of architect Cosimo Fanzago, essentially the structure one sees today. In the early 1800s, under French rule the monastery was closed and was abandoned by the religious order. Today, the museum houses a museum with a display of Spanish and Bourbon era artifacts, as well as displays of the presepe--Nativity scene--considered to be among the finest in the world. Charterhouse is a Carthusian monastery founded in 1371 by Walter de Manny, in Smithfield in the City of London. ... Country Italy Region Campania Province Naples (NA) Mayor Rosa Russo Jervolino Elevation 17 m Area 117 km² Population  - Total (as of December 31, 2004) 1,000,470  - Density 8,457/km² Time zone CET, UTC+1 Coordinates Gentilic Napoletani Dialing code 081 Postal code 80100 Patron Saint Januarius  - Day September... A Carthusian Monastery in Jerez, Spain The Carthusian Order, also called the Order of St. ... Queen Joan I (1327 – May 12, 1382) was born Joanna of Anjou. ... Cosimo Fanzago (1591-1678) was an Italian Baroque Sculptor active in Naples. ...

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Albergo dei Poveri | Cathedral of Naples | Cappella Sansevero | Castel dell'Ovo | Castel Nuovo | Certosa di San Martino | Gesù Nuovo | Museo di Capodimonte | Palazzo Reale | Posillipo | San Domenico Maggiore | San Gennaro | Santa Chiara | Teatro San Carlo



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