Museo Diocesano San Matteo di Salerno

Museum in Salerno

Museo Diocesano Salerno
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The Diocesan Museum of Saint Matthew in Salerno serves as a treasure trove, encapsulating the vibrant tapestry of regional culture spanning from the Middle Ages to the 18th century. Within its walls, visitors are immersed in a world of remarkable artworks, with the ivory cycle reigning supreme as the most extensive and comprehensive collection of Christian medieval ivory tablets globally.

This extraordinary cycle comprises 69 pieces, 37 of which are intricately illustrated, portraying scenes from both the Old and New Testaments. Scholars estimate their creation to be between the late 11th century and the early decades of the 12th century, adding a profound historical dimension to these exquisite works.

Among the museum’s luminous gems is the Exultet, a 13th-century parchment scroll consisting of 11 sheets adorned with miniatures. Used during the Holy Saturday liturgy, this scroll exudes a sacred aura, enriching its already significant historical importance.

Complementing these treasures are ten medieval codices, with the Pontifical standing out as a masterpiece of artistic brilliance. Created in at least two stages between the late 13th and early 14th centuries, the Pontifical showcases a diversity of coats of arms and distinct styles and techniques, offering a captivating glimpse into the evolving artistic expressions of the time.

Of profound significance is the Barliario Cross, dating back to the 12th century, housed within the Diocesan Museum. This cross, displayed in the Church of the SS on specific occasions, serves as a poignant symbol of the enduring religious and artistic legacy that echoes through the ages.

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Visiting Museo Diocesano San Matteo di Salerno


Daily from 9.30 am to 18.30 pm


€10 For Cathedram, Museum and San Giorgio, €7 for two, €5 for museaum only

Address: Museo Diocesano San Matteo, Largo Plebiscito, Salerno, SA, Italy
Duration: 20 minutes

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