Florence Charterhouse

Florence Charterhouse church
The courtyard of the monastery

Florence Charterhouse (Certosa di Firenze or Certosa del Galluzzo) is a charterhouse, or Carthusian monastery, located in the Florence suburb of Galluzzo, in central Italy. The building is a walled complex located on Monte Acuto, at the point of confluence of the Ema and Greve rivers.

The charterhouse was founded in 1341 by the Florentine noble Niccolò Acciaioli, Grand Seneschal of the Kingdom of Naples, but continued to expand over the centuries as the recipient of numerous donations. In 1958 the monastery was taken over by Cistercian monks.

The chapter house now holds lunettes from the cloister, frescoed by Pontormo, damaged by exposure to the elements.

The charterhouse inspired Le Corbusier for his urban projects.[1]

The monastery houses the Società Internazionale per lo Studio del Medioevo Latino, an Italian non-profit cultural institute.[2]


  1. Adolf Max Vogt: Le Corbusier, the Noble Savage, 2000, 22-23; Jean Gallotti: Tvář zítřejší Evropy - interview with Le Corbusier - KVART magazine, Praha 1945 (Czech)
  2. Società Internazionale per lo Studio del Medioevo Latino
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Coordinates: 43°43′53″N 11°13′17″E / 43.73139°N 11.22139°E / 43.73139; 11.22139

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