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Vall de Crist Carthusian monastery

  • Address
    Camino de la Cartuja s/n,  Altura, Spain
  • Web
  • Visiting Hours
    Always open
  • What to see
    Ruins of Carthusian monastery

The Carthusian monastery of Vall de Crist was founded in the 14th century by the prince Martin of Aragon, later King Martin the Humane, after an apocalyptic vision. This Carthusian monastery, in existence for six centuries, stood out as one of the most significant ecclesiastical centers in the Valencian Community. Throughout its history, it was visited by several popes and hosted important ecclesiastical events. Its importance is reflected in the presence of notable figures such as Saint Ignatius of Loyola and the antipope Benedict XIII, as well as in the transcendental decisions that were taken in its facilities. The construction of the church of San Martín and the cloister, begun in 1386, marked the beginning of the construction of various parts of the Carthusian monastery.

Over the centuries, the Charterhouse of Vall de Crist experienced expulsions, abandonment and periods of disentailment, but also periods of expansion and economic splendor. Its participation in key events, such as the National Congregation of the Spanish Carthusians in 1785, highlights its historical and religious importance. Although now in a state of ruins due to the disentailment of Mendizábal in the 19th century, the Carthusian monastery remains a tangible testimony to the rich monastic history of the region. Its remains, including the church of San Martín and the Iglesia Mayor, as well as elements such as the Batán del Trapo, contribute to its relevance in the context of the Way of the Holy Grail, enriching the experience of those who explore this sacred path.

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