Posted on 01/25/2016

Photo taken on June 20, 2015

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Certosa Cloister / Karthaeuser Wandelgang

Certosa Cloister / Karthaeuser Wandelgang
A look to the outer wall of the monastry, facing down towards the adige valley. After the secularisation, nearly all of the village was inside the walls, mostly the original romanesque and gothic buildings of the monks altered with wooden extensions, filling up herbal gardens with shacks. In the 1920s almost all of that densely packed settlement burned down. Most new structures lie outside the walls now and tourists may walk much of the secured remains or atleast look at what is still integrated into private property. / Ein Blick zur aeusseren Klostermauer, in richtung Etschtal. Nach der Saecularisierung befand sich fast das ganze Dorf innerhalb der Mauern, vorallem waren es die romanischen und gotischen orginalgebaeude der Moenche, die mit dem billigen Baustoff Holz erweitert und abgeteilt wurden, und all die Gaertchen der Zellen und dem Hof anfuellten. In den 1920ern ist das alles dann irgendwie fast ganz abgebrannt. Die meisten neueren Gebaeude sind heute ausserhalb der Mauern, und in grossen Teilen der gesicherten Ruine hat der Tourist Zutritt oder zumindest Einblick, wo Klostermauern in private Wohnhaeuser integriert sind.

Andy Rodker, Hans van Dongen, Alan Rust and 2 other people have particularly liked this photo

Ron Hanko
Ron Hanko
Beautiful view and beautiful stonework. Obviously the wals were built for defense and not for decoration with the firing ports.
20 months ago.
Sonja has replied to Ron Hanko
They where not so popular with their subjects. Whilst those people in the mountain villages of both tyrolia and itally (and especially where that overlaps) are very devout catholics, the carthausians as masters where really hard to bear. While most of the regular monks led a frugal asketic life, it was very sheltered and not really marked by hard physical work and the order bosses themselves just made politics, hoarded money, pressing needlessly high taxes out of their secular subjects that got spent elsewhere to take influence. They took to much in naturalia, workpower and also of the money from every market deal that the families could live happy and without suffering, especially in the later years when the pass trail became less popular as a shortcut for traders. They had to better live behind high walls to be able to just potter around their scriptorium and herb gardens in total silence, flagelate themselves and get up in the middle of the night for prayers instead of producing something the the farmer could grasp as useful for anyone else.
20 months ago.
Roy Lowry
Roy Lowry
Lovely view.
20 months ago.
Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker
Terrific shot, Sonja.!
Had non idea you were here too (although as your last posting was some time ago, maybe not!).
Best wishes anyway,
7 weeks ago.
You may notice, there is a half set overlap, Andy. I left and restared the Set I was at. I would never post pictures on two sites at the same time. Way to complicated. :o)
6 weeks ago.