A handout picture released by The Charterhouse on Novwember 7, 2016 and taken on February 29, 2016 shows the facade of The Charterhouse in London.
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From the Black Death to Henry VIII's break from Rome, a historic medieval refuge in the heart of London's throbbing financial center is destined for a new lease on life – by allowing women to move in.Hundreds of years since the first stone was laid, a revolution is underway: Charterhouse is opening up to women and creating a museum open to the public.Leaving the chaos of the City and crossing over the threshold into Charterhouse feels like entering a different world – a few centuries in the past.The Charterhouse complex was reinvented in the 17th century when it was bought by the wealthy Thomas Sutton, who founded a school, a hospital and a home for 80 impoverished gentlemen.London's Charterhouse today hosts 42 "brothers" who are chosen not for their religious affiliation, but under strict criteria.Charterhouse also has a specialist nursing home for those approaching the end of their lives.
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