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Padula is a typically South Italian village of about 5.000 inhabitants. Located on a hill, it overlooks the Valle del Tanagro which borders the Parco Nazionale del Cilento.

Padula is famous for the Carthusian monastery at its feet: Certosa di San Lorenzo. It is the second biggest charterhouse after the motherhouse in La Chartreuse near Grenoble in France. Its edification was begun by Tommaso il Sanseverino in 1306 but was not finished before the 18th century. But few is left of the original buildings, the present form being in Baroque style. After a long period as a cultural center its decadence began with the French occupation at the end of the 18th century. The monastery was closed in 1866.
Here you can see part of the very big cloister of 12.000 sqm from the 17th century.

Since I did not know which version to post I put an alternative view and a closer up view as workshops.

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