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The Charterhouse, built by Borso d’Este in 1461, was transformed into a monumental cemetery at the beginning of the 1800s and conserves important sculptures.
Charterhouse

Visitors are welcomed by two long arcades almost forming a semicircle. The complex is dominated by the St. Christopher’s Church, started in 1498 and attributed to Biagio Rossetti. The façade is unfinished. The interior of the church has a single nave that is wide and full of light with six chapels on each side and a deep presbyterial area with anapse. 
The ancient church used as a cell vinaria by the monks, then, stables in the Napoleonic age, was demolished with most of the factories adjacent in the Second decade of the nineteenth century, in the cemetery renovation. Only the grand Claustro and partially the ancient cell of the prior (Camerone Bonaccioli) are still extant. The conventual structure, described here, was added a little further north, starting from 1501, the building of the new church.

 

AN OPEN AIR MUSEUM

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The Ferrara Charterhouse holds a unique place among Ferrara’s vast range of monuments. It’s a place where memories of the past, masterpieces of sacred art, and traces of the relationship between the city and the community lie enshrined, shrouded in silence, and enveloped in an atmosphere of peaceful meditation. Visiting the Charterhouse means delving into the deepest recesses of Ferrara’s history of sculpture, architecture and urbanism.

The Ferrara Charterhouse is an evocative, multi-purpose, open-air museum.

A SINGLE ITINERARY, THREE THEMATIC PATHWAYS
> 1 STORIES OF FERRARA
Ferrara, whose historic centre is now recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, belongs both to those who built it, and those who have preserved it. The green pathway that we propose here is dedicated to both of these categories of people who have contributed to the city’s identity.
Average duration pathway 45 minutes

Read more http://www.certosadiferrara.it/stories-of-ferrara/?lang=en )

> 2 THE SEVEN ARTS
Ferrara is the birthplace of numerous great figures in the fields of literature and the visual arts, who, after their lives of fame and international success, returned to their hometown to be laid to rest.
Average duration pathway 45 minutes

Read more http://www.certosadiferrara.it/the-seven-arts/?lang=en )

> 3 THE SPIRITUAL LANGUAGE
The Charterhouse is, first and foremost, a place of intimate and devout recollection that emanates the eternal beauty of the past. The splendid alternations of grass and stone are brought together in the funerary art, which is found in some of its most brilliant expressions within the complex.
Average duration pathway 60 minutes

Read more http://www.certosadiferrara.it/sacred-beauty/?lang=en )

Average duration complete pathway 100 minutes

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APP ARTOUR
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Charterhouse
An interactive guide, offered free of charge and even available offline, for visiting the Ferrara Charterhouse in complete autonomy. Download the App and search for Ferrara Charterhouse Monumental Cemetery

(Link App Store) https://itunes.apple.com/it/app/artour/id616601897?mt=8

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ASCE - ASSOCIATION OF SIGNIFICANT CEMETERIES IN EUROPE

The Association of Significant Cemeteries in Europe (ASCE) is the European network comprising those public and private organisations which care for cemeteries considered to be of historical or artistic importance. ASCE in a not-for-profit organisation with a clear and global character.
This cemetery is a member of the European Cemeteries Route. Cemeteries Route is recognized as Cultural route of Europe by the Institute of Cultural routes of Europe.

www.significantcemeteries.org

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Opening

Cemetery: everyday: winter (November, December, January) from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm. Summer: from 7:00 am  to 7:.00 pm.

Thematic pathways: everyday October/March from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. April/September from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

Price

Free entrance

How to get here

On foot: 20 minutes from the Este Castle; bus n. 4 from the Train Station; bus n. 3 from the centre, Porta Mare Ariostea stop (just 300 m from the main entrance).

By car
Take the A13 Motorway (those arriving from Venice, Padua and Mantua exit at Ferrara Nord, those arriving from Bologna exit at Ferrara Sud). Diamanti car park (entrance on Via Arianuova): the car park is open 24 hours, and is located just 400 metres from the main entrance.

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