Carthusian Monastery of Santa Maria d'Escaladei
The Charterhouse of Scala Dei was founded in 1194 when King Alphonse I ceded these lands to the Carthusian Order as part of the need to repopulate the territory. The order gained in importance, even enjoying royal protection, which allowed them to expand the monastery to three 3 cloisters and 30 cells. Mendizábal’s confiscations of religious property in 1835 forced the monks to abandon the monastery, which was subsequently almost completely destroyed by fire. Scala Dei was the first Carthusian monastery built on the Iberian Peninsula.