Brief History of Serra San Bruno
The first hermitage was built in a valley of the French Chartreuse Mountains thus giving its name to the Charterhouse order. Saint Bruno came to Calabria in 1091 and built his priory in a town called Torre dell'altipiano, Tower of the High Plains (Clint Eastwood in High Plains Drifter jumped to mind). In the fourteenth century the name of the town was changed to "Serra" during the reign of Ferdinand of Aragon, and "San Bruno" was added to better describe the town and to honor the founding father of the Carthusian House.
The Museum in Photos
Two old towers delineate the space devoted to the Charterhouse Museum
An example of early documented music
The entry to the U-shaped museum
Woodwork in the chapel
A typical living unit or cell
The Oratory of the Cell
"... At the sound of the bell, all pray at the same time, so that the whole Monastery becomes a single act of praise to the glory of God." Wall plaque
Early woodworking table and tools (left) and loom
Incredible inner workings of a large clock. Truly a time machine!! Imported from Grenoble
The shadow of the woman gives you an idea of the size of the clock. The face is so tiny compared to the inner workings which also mechanically master the ringing of the bells. Still working to boot!
A photo of a photo as I am not allowed inside to see the grounds. The newer portion is built after the French Gothic style. Click here for more on the history of the priory
This photo taken with me standing on tip-toe on the edge of a raised flower bed from across the street. Still can't see a thing
When this gigantic door opened to let in a woman who had made an appointment, a crowd quickly formed. The sliver of light behind the robust monk didn't reveal much. I admit though, HE was much more interesting than the building that remained a secret behind him.
April to September: 9:00 - 1:00; 3:00 - 8:00
October to March: 9:30 - 1:00; 3:00 - 6:00
Carthusian Monastery of Serra San Bruno
Filcoo, Serra San Bruno
Of the "40 Charterhouses existing in Italy, this is one of two that are still inhabited by friars."