Capri Charterhouse of St. Giacomo
The 14th century masterpiece in the heart of Capri.
Built in 1371 by Giacomo Arcucci, on land donated by Queen Giovanna 1st of Angiò, the Charterhouse of San Giacomo is the oldest historic building on the Island of Capri.
If you're looking for a shady place in which to relax on a hot summer afternoon, this is the perfect place!
The entrance to the Charterhouse lies at the end of an avenue, next to a fortified tower. The Charterhouse is comprised of three blocks of buildings: one which is separate from the convent and houses the pharmacy and women's church; one for the converse monks and for the external guests with annexed granaries, stables and the monks workshops; the last block was reserved for the life of seclusion with a series of cells around Choistro Grande cloister and the other rooms encircling the smaller Chiostro Piccolo.
The Chiostro Grande follows a late renaissance plan with cross vaults on stone columns, the area at the center is organised following a geometrical design with green spaces. The Chiostro Piccolo has delicate cross vaults on Roman marble columns.
Today, the Charterhouse is seat of a High School, of the Diefenbach Museum and, during the summer, functions as venue for concerts and cultural events.
Charterhouse of San Giacomo opening hours
- From 09.00 to 14.00
- Closed: Monday
- Free entrance