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PISA CHARTERHOUSE, also known as CALCI CHARTERHOUSE (Certosa di Pisa, Certosa di Calci), is a former Carthusian monastery, or charterhouse, currently the home of the Museo di storia naturale e del territorio dell'Università di Pisa
Pisa
("Museum of Natural History and of the Territory of the University of Pisa"), located in the comune of Calci , some 10 km outside Pisa
Pisa
, Tuscany
Tuscany
, Italy
Italy
.

The monastery is noted for the fresco of the Last Supper, by Bernardino Poccetti
Bernardino Poccetti
(1597), in the refectory .

CONTENTS

* 1 Charterhouse * 2 Museum * 3 Notes * 4 External links

CHARTERHOUSE

The Carthusians founded a monastery in 1366/67 in what is called Val Graziosa , a plain overlooked by the Monti Pisani ("Pisan Mountains"), when Francesco Moricotti Prignani was archbishop of Pisa. Shortly afterwards Pope Gregory XI , a noted reformer of monasteries, expelled the monks from the Benedictine Gorgona Abbey , on the island of Gorgona , and gave the island and the estate to the Carthusians of Val Graziosa, who repopulated them. This event must have happened not long before Catherine of Siena 's visit of 1375, as she mentions in her letters the need to convert the facilities for the Carthusian use. Benedictines were barred from the island.

In 1425, the Mediterranean
Mediterranean
reached a peak of political instability. The peace and safety of the monks on Gorgona could no longer be assured. Fearing a Saracen
Saracen
attack they abandoned the monastery and took up residence at Calci, bringing the records from Gorgona with them, to be duly published at Pisa.

In the 17th and 18th centuries, the complex was renovated, receiving its current Baroque appearance.

In November 1946, following World War II
World War II
, conventuals from the Netherlands
Netherlands
gradually started to repopulate the building that had been heavily damaged during the war years. It was thought and hoped that the institution of a Dutch Carthusian monastery in Italy
Italy
could one day lead to the re-establishment of a Carthusian monastery in the Netherlands, a country from which the order had been absent since the late eighteenth century. Lack of funds, lack of novices and internal strife would eventually cause the Dutch to abandon their project in the early nineteen-sixties.

MUSEUM

In 1981, the University of Pisa
Pisa
moved its natural history museum here. The collection had been started in Pisa
Pisa
in the 16th century as a collection of curiosities connected to the Giardino dei Semplici
Gi