Certosa di San Giacomo

Certosa di San Giacomo was a Carthusian monastery, founded in 1363 by Giacomo Arcucci on the island of Capri, Campania, southern Italy. It is now a museum and is used for cultural events. The buildings that formed the charterhouse have three main areas: the pharmacy and women's church, the buildings for monks, and those for guests. The cloister (Chiostro Grande) is of a late Renaissance design, while the Chiostro Piccolo features Roman marble columns.[1]

Certosa di San Giacomo
Certosa di San Giacomo, Capri.jpg
Certosa di San Giacomo from the Northwest.
Certosa di San Giacomo is located in Italy
Certosa di San Giacomo
Location within Italy
Monastery information
Founder(s)Giacomo Arcucci
LocationCapri, Italy
Coordinates40°32′51″N 14°14′43″E / 40.54750°N 14.24528°E / 40.54750; 14.24528Coordinates: 40°32′51″N 14°14′43″E / 40.54750°N 14.24528°E / 40.54750; 14.24528
Visible remainsSubstantial
Public accessYes


Map showing the location of Certosa di San Giacomo on Capri east of Marina Piccola.

Count Giacomo Arcucci, a secretary to Joan I of Naples, established the charterhouse in 1371. He later became a monk himself in 1386.[2]

In 1553 the monastery was restored and fortified and a tower was erected which collapsed in the 18th century.[1]

There was often conflict between the islanders and the monks, who owned land as well as grazing and hunting rights. During the 1656 plague in Capri, the monks sealed themselves off, whereupon the islanders threw their corpses over the wall of the monastery in retribution.[2]

Frères dans la Chartreuse de San Giacomo à Capri, a painting by Princess Caroline of Naples and Sicily.

Since 1974 the charterhouse houses the Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach museum among others[3] and is used for cultural events. A high school is also on the premises.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Capri: The Charterhouse of St. Giacomo". Retrieved 2010-10-11.
  2. ^ a b TimeOut Naples. Time Out. 2007. p. 193. ISBN 1-84670-008-6.
  3. ^ "Certosa di San Giacomo – Museo Diefenbach". Archived from the original on 2011-07-13. Retrieved 2010-10-11.

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