Cathedral Museum

Cathedral Museum

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Opening hours:

Saturday and Sunday 10a.m. to 1p.m. / 4.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.


Entire: 4€
Reduced: 2.50 € (under 12 and over 65 years old)
Groups: 3€
Free: Kids up to 8 years old

The museum houses part of the Cathedral Treasure, including liturgical objects, various silverware, wooden statues and paintings, legacy of the previous archbishops of Cagliari.
Cathedral Museum

Opened in 2004, the Cathedral Museum is located near St. Mary's. It houses a part of the Cathedral  treasury , which includes  some bequests left by the archibishops  of  the Church of Cagliari,  donations and numerous silver liturgical objects such as chalices , ciborium , monstrance , processional crosses , crucifixes , as well as wooden statues and paintings. Among the most important  there are  "The Altarpiece of Beneficed" , a double triptych alterpiece of Catalan type , made around 1527 in Stampace, in the workshop of Pietro  Cavaro , "The grief over the Dead Christ", a group of seven statues, date back to the second half of the fifteenth or early sixteenth century and   "The Triptych of Clement VII" , attributed to the fifteenth-century Flemish painter Rogier van der Weyden , which  is linked to unique historical events .  It was stolen , like many other works of art and relics , during the Sack of Rome in 1527 , then it was  abandoned after a storm, by  the Landsknechte on the run  from Gaeta. Finally, it was found in Cagliari and returned to its owner , Giulio de ' Medici, known as Pope Clement VII . In 1531 , as a sign of gratitude , the Pope gave to the  Archbishop of Cagliari  the triptych and  the Holy Thorn , that was stolen too , with the obligation to expose them every year in the Cathedral during  the  celebration for the Assumption of Mary. The painting consists of three panels: in the middle is represented the Pieta , with  the Virgin of Sorrows on the left and  Christ crowned with thorns on the right. On  the left side panel is portraied the Madonna with Child and  St Anne , while on the right  St. Margaret and the Dragon.

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