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
Pisa ("Museum of Natural History and of the
Territory of the University of Pisa"), located in the comune of Calci
, some 10 km outside
The monastery is noted for the fresco of the Last Supper, by
Bernardino Poccetti (1597), in the refectory .
* 1 Charterhouse
* 2 Museum
* 3 Notes
* 4 External links
The Carthusians founded a monastery in 1366/67 in what is called Val
Graziosa , a plain overlooked by the Monti Pisani ("Pisan Mountains"),
Francesco Moricotti Prignani was archbishop of Pisa. Shortly
Pope Gregory XI
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
Catherine of Siena 's visit of 1375, as she mentions in
her letters the need to convert the facilities for the
Benedictines were barred from the island.
In 1425, the
Mediterranean reached a peak of political instability.
The peace and safety of the monks on Gorgona could no longer be
assured. Fearing a
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