In the Museum for Sacred Arts in Bolzano you can learn more about the history of the parish and admire ancient relics.
In the ancient priory of the Dome of the Assumption of Bolzano, there is the Cathedral Treasury, a museum dedicated to sacred arts. Known as one of the most comprehensive Baroque church inventories of Tyrol, this museum makes you admire artworks of goldsmiths of the 18th century, priestly robes and Baroque masterpieces such as religious banner paintings. The collection comprises about 100 exhibits, and as the name of the museum reveals, among them some real treasures. There is e.g. a 136 cm long monstrance weighing 13 kg of gilded silver, an ancient crib as well as a pell from Avignon of the 14th century.
In 2007 the collection has even been enlarged. In the first of the four exhibition rooms, the Dome Treasury now informs visitors about the history of the parish of Bolzano and its Dome, as Bolzano used to be a flourishing and internationally known trade city. In the second exhibition room you can learn more about the culture of processions and the worship of miraculous images. Moreover there is a notable collection of relics. In the next room you can see pieces of art of silversmiths and goldsmiths, inter alia by masters of Augsburg. The last of the four exhibition rooms is dedicated to the raising of the parish to a priory. The style of the museum is rather minimalist in order to creating a sharp contrast to the lush Baroque exhibits.
The history of the Dome itself is very long. The first ground-plan dates back to the Early Christian period. Finally in the 11th century a Romanesque church has been constructed, dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. There were some modification works in the Gothic period, the steeple of the church was realised in the style of the Swabian late Gothic period. What you absolutely should not miss is the “Leitacher Törl”, one of the most beautiful portals of the High Gothic period of Tyrol, as well as the fresco that has been realized by one of the scholars of Giotto. Worth noticing in the interior are the Baroque high altar and the pulpit by Hans Lutz von Schussenried (1507 AD). The Dome of Bolzano is the first Gothic hall church of architectural history.
Opening hours: all-the-year
from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 12.30 am
3.00 Euros (adults), free for kids under 6 years
1.00 Euro (schoolchildren), 2.00 Euros (students, seniors over 65)
free with the Museumcard or museumobil Card
phone: +39 0471 323814 / 978676, email@example.com