The Charterhouse of Trisulti, XIII century abbey of Collepardo (province of Frosinone), ha just reopened to the public. A long-awaited date, which comes after a troubled legal matter that led to the eviction of the association Human Dignity Institute from Benjamin Harnwell, the activist close to former Donald Trump’s ultra-right adviser and strategist Steve Bannon (under investigation for alleged involvement in the Capitol Hill events), who had taken the concession in 2018 to be able to host a political school.
The Council of State has returned the keys to Mibac and now, managed by the company of the Lazio Region LazioCrea, the Charterhouse of Trisulti is ready to welcome visitors: about 50 thousand people a year who come to Collepardo to see the great treasures of art and history that it holds up close.
Founded in 1204 by the will of Pope Innocent III and entrusted first to the Carthusians (in 1208) and then to the Cistercians (1947), among the most famous buildings of the Certosa there is the Pharmacy, with precious eighteenth-century furnishings including cabinets with vases where once the poisons extracted from snakes for medicines and herbs are kept, and decorations optical illusion from Filippo Balbi, great master of the Neapolitan 1800s, representing still lifes, animals, allegories. The Pharmacy is right in front of the Italian garden, now restored to the splendor of the past, where the monks cultivated herbs useful for medicines and liqueurs.
In Church dedicated to San Bartolomeo the wooden choirs made by Carthusian masters between ‘500 and’ 600 and other wonderful paintings by Filippo Balbi, including the martyrdom of the Carthusians in London.
Also dedicated to San Bartolomeo the bust of Jacopo Lo Duca, a pupil of Michelangelo Buonarroti, who surmounts the entrance portal of the Certosa, which leads to the main courtyard where there is also a library of 36 thousand volumes.
On the occasion of the reopening, in addition to these places, themonastic building, the rectangular cloister and the Refectory, and soon the monks’ cemetery and a room decorated with murals and altars made at the end of the eighteenth century will also reopen. Then, for the faithful, the church immediately began to host religious services.
«From today the Certosa di Trisulti reopens to the public, thanks to the collaboration between the State and the Region it can be visited againSaid the Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini. «The potential of this site is as incredible as some places in the Certosa are fantastic».
The Charterhouse of Trisulti it is always open and admission is free. On weekends there are also guided tours. You need to book and you need the green pass. Info on www.polomusealelazio.beniculturali.it