Certosa di San Giacomo / St. James Charterhouse

Certosa di San Giacomo / St. James Charterhouse

This Carthusian monastery was founded in 1363 by Giacomo Arcucci and is used as a museum and for cultural events. The charterhouse has three main areas; the pharmacy and women’s church, guest area, and buildings for monks.

In the 17th century, the island of Capri was devasted by a deadly plague. Out of 755 locals, more than 300 souls perished in this gruesome outbreak. Desperate for help, the Capri residents sought aid from the local monasteries. However, their cries for assistance went unanswered as the monastery dwellers hid within their walls, fearing for their own lives.

Certosa di San Giacomo / St. James Charterhouse

This lack of aid infuriated the Capri locals. As an act of retaliation, the desperate islanders decided to throw the dead bodies of the sick over the monastery walls, bringing the infection to their haven’s doorstep! History has its ways of unveiling the darker side of humanity.

In other times, the monks did not help their reputation by owning a great deal of land and grazing and hunting rights. To say they were hated would be a stretch but they weren’t loved.

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Best Time to Visit: Opening dates and times: January – March 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April – May / October – December 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July – September 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Address: Via Certosa, 10, 80076 Capri NA, Italy Admission price: 6 Euros for adults 4 Euros for visitors between 18-25 years old Free entrance for those under 18 years old

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