Trisulti's Charterhouse Pharmacy

This old Pharmacy can be visited inside the Charterhouse of Trisulti, near Collepardo. It was born spontaneously as the Abbey was too far from village center, so monks could not obtain medicines or spices. The present pharmacy was built on an existing XII century one: the project was carried out between 1763 and 1770. The pharmacopiea is spread across four distinct environments (on the first floor) which can be accessed by a short staircase and a balcony for the exclusive use of the pharmacy. You can see, from this balcony, a large garden which was used by monks in order to cultivate medicinal herbs. If you look around the pharmacy, you can see many pictures made by Filippo Balbi, a famous painter of that time. The interior is full of precious and particular shelves with many pots of spices and medicines.

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A LITTLE TOUR IN THE PHARMACY

  • This is the entrance to the present pharmacy/museum (because now it is also a museum).
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  • After the entrance-gate you have a wonderful sight by observing a wide and tidy garden with high and beautiful rows (you can see also a "well paid" gardener).
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  • While you are approaching the pharmacy you can immediately see a wall painting which represents a portrait of the Immaculate Conception made by Filippo Balbi (1874): the present paint is not unfortunately the original but it has been rinovated by an unknown restorer.
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  • This is the interior of the pharmacy: as you can see, there are a lot of precious things inside such as scultures, beautiful paints and rare vases which in the past were used to contain medicines and spices.
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  • Photos by Alessandro Tanzilli (October 2011)

Bibliography

- AA.VV., International Congress for the History of Pharmacy (1999, Firenze), Accademia Italiana di Storia della Farmacia, 2001, pp. 351.


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