Cartuja monastery

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LocationIsla de la Cartuja s/n, Sevilla(see map)
Telephone(34) 955 037 070
Opening hours 1 Oct - 31 Mar: Tue-Fri (10-20:00); Sat (11-20:00); Sun (10-15:00) closed Mondays
1 Apr - 30 Sep: Tue-Fri (10-21:00); Sat (11-21:00); Sun (10-15:00) closed Mondays
Admission fee 1.80€ - 3€
Official website

The Cartusian monastery of Santa Marķa de las Cuevas is situated on the right bank of the Guadalquivir river. Due to the abundance of clay, numerous pottery kilns were installed during the Almohad dynasty of the 12th century. On these grounds a Cartusian monastery was built in the 15th century with the name of Santa Marķa de las Cuevas (Caves).

Coming from the center, pedestrians can take the Pasarela bridge

In 1810, during the invasion of Napoleon's troops, the monks were driven out of the monastery and it was taken over by the French soldiers as the military barracks.

Rests of the monastery

Abandoned and damaged, the monastery was bought over in 1839 by the English merchant, Charles Pickman, who would set up an earthenware and porcelain factory in 1841.

Chimney stacks and Kilns

Numerous Chimney stacks and Kilns were constructed, five of which still remain to thence determine the aesthetic characteristics of the monastery. The factory continued active at the site up till 1982.

Today the Cartuja hosts the Museum of Contemporary Andalusian Art.


Located on the Cartuja Island within the 92 Expo grounds.

See the monument on interactive map

Christopher Columbus lived in the Cartuja monastery for several years. This fact influenced the decision, that the Cartuja peninsula would be the site of the 1992 World Exhibition (22) Expo '92.

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