Red Monastery - Reborn

Basic information

  • Project Number: CLTPP002
  • Project Title: Red Monastery - Reborn
  • Program: Culture
  • Region of the Project Implementation: Prešovský
  • District of the Project Implementation: Kežmarok
  • Estimated Date of Project Completion: 27.01.2023
  • Project Promoter: Monuments Board of the Slovak Republic
  • Website of the project:
  • Status: Active


  • Project Grant Approved: 1 100 000 €

Information in a nutshell

National cultural landmark, the Carthusians monastery, in Červený Kláštor, is one of the most important landmarks of its kind in Slovakia and it is the biggest and most important landmark administered by the Slovak Conservation Authority. The history of the origin of the monastery goes back to 1320, when it is established by Carthusian monks as the filial convent of the Spiš monastery on the Rock of retreat. The construction of the monastery itself started ten years later. In the 18th century, the monastery underwent partial construction adaptations that determined its present day shape. Main preserved structures of the premises are Gothic single-nave church, medieval monastery building with the refectory and calvary corridor, the so-called watch tower, farm buildings and the so-called timber dam with preserved houses for monks. The most precious wall paintings with artistic and historical value have been preserved in the church and the medieval rectory. The monastery   represents one of few preserved examples of monastic architecture of the Carthusian and Camaldolese orders in Slovakia and it is also important in the context of European cultural heritage. Currently, along with the museum, the object also includes historically acclaimed 18th century pub, shop with manually manufactures souvenirs and monastery herbs, the object also offers accommodation in the monastery.

Project description

The subject of the project is to fundamentally change the current form of two buildings and other selected parts of the Carthusian monastery through a monumental restoration combined with the insertion of new content corresponding to its historical legacy. The restoration and new functional content of a part of the monastery is intended to ensure the ability not only to maintain the acquired form but also to generate revenues that would allow further restoration. The aim of the project is, on the one hand, to make the monastery complex, farm building, and convent more attractive for visitors in the form and content of an experiential visit to a cultural and historical monument and, on the other hand, to create conditions for training activities in the field of monument protection. The creation of a new offer for the visitor is based on the revival of selected parts of the former life of monks but also the functions with which the monastery was and is connected for experts and interested members of the general public: school in nature & museum & Monument Office of the Slovak Republic.