The Carthusian monastery at Padula is the cultural highlight of the Vallo di Diana. It lies at the foot of the town of Padua. The construction of the monastery began in the early 14th century, but large parts of the monastery date from the Baroque period.
The courtyard of the monastery is more than an hectare, the total area of the monastery is more than 5 hectares.
The Carthusian order is a contemplative order of hermits, who choose to remain in isolation but in community life. The monks have a separate living room with even a private garden. These are located around the large courtyard.
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The town Padula is located in the Vallo di Diano. It was built at an altitude of about 700 meters, as a defence against the incursions of the Saracens.
In the town numerous churches and monasteries can be found:
and beside the Certosa di (di San Lorenzo) Padulo, also the Convento di San Francesco.