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La Cartuja de Ara Christi(El Puig)

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It was built in 1585 by the Carthusian architect Fray Antonio Ortiz. Its rooms include the church, cells, main cloister, two smaller cloisters, chapter house, refectory, porter's lodge, vegetable garden and stables. It must have had various defensive structures and several towers that provided protection.
It was home to a community of Carthusian monks who depended on the Carthusian monastery of Porta-Coeli in Serra. During the time it was in operation as a religious building, many communities of monks, friars and nuns passed through its premises, and it is known that the last religious order to occupy the facilities were the Capuchin friars, who abandoned them at the end of the 1970s due to the ruinous state they were in.
The greatest looting in its history took place in 1808 during the war with the French by Napoleon's troops, who razed both the paintings and the ornaments inside. The church was exclaustrated in 1835, when the Community was dissolved, and was abandoned for a long period until it was restored.
In 1996 it was declared an Asset of Cultural Interest, with the category of monument.
Strolling through its different rooms, cloisters, chapels, courtyards, admiring the exquisite decoration of the dome of the church, the chapel of the dead. The sobriety of the building creates an atmosphere that invites us to relax and reflect.

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