The Valencian Monastery Where Time Stands Still

Secluded within a valley in the Serra Calderona stands a monastery with a 700-year history whose monks are experts at self-isolation.

A patio in the Cartuja, painted by Valencian artist Joaquín Sorolla
The monks socialising, in a photo from the monastery’s website
The main building of the Francoist concentration camp — now a hospital.

I’m a writer and musician living in Valencia, Spain. Every week I write a newsletter of lesser-known stories from Spain

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