Museum and Treasure of the Cathedral

From the fine cloister in Baroque style on the left of the church, you can enter the Museum and Treasure of the Cathedral where the famous Treasure is kept. The Museum, recently renovated, has a rich collection of barbarian antiques dating back to the period between the 4th and the 9th century, noteworthy artefacts of later periods and modern works of art. The items include the ivory Stilicon diptych (4"-5th century), the David and Gregory diptych and that of the Poet and the Muse (6th century). There are also sixteen interesting Palestinian lead ampullas (6th – 7th century), decorated with episodes from the Gospels, an iconographic document of inestimable value that overall constitutes the richest collection in the world. The group of objects of Longobard origin represents the heart and soul of the Treasure for the beauty of the gold and precious stones, for the loveliness of the processing and artistic creation, for the unique testimony to the pomp and regal magnificence that characterized the court. From the famous Mother Hen with Chicks (17), to theAgilulfus' Votive Cross; from Theodelindas Votive Crown to the Comb and Fan attributed to the Queen's trousseau; from the extremely elaborate Reliquary with Tooth of st. John to the so-called Adaloaldus Cross (Syrian art of the 6" century); from the sapphire cup to the Cross of Berengarius dated 9"century (15). Also worth seeing are the ancient early Christian dress-materials, the marvellous collection of Lombard silverware (16th – 19th centuries), the nine tapestries of the 16th century showing episodes of the life of St. John the Baptist and the millefleurs tapestries. The visit of the museum ends with the Baroque paintings and jewellery, examples of decorative cycles of the 18th century, neo-classical evidences and contemporary works like The Crucifixion by the contemporary artist Lucio Fontana.

Opening hours: from Tuesday to Sunday 9.00am - 6.00pm; Monday 3.00pm - 6.00pm.
For information.: +39. 039 326383