St Proculus church with museum

Valuable treasures can be found in Merano and surroundings, one of which is the St Proculus church, dating back to the 7th century.

The small St Proculus church near Naturno is undoubtedly a historical treasure. It dates back to the 7th century AD and features the probably most ancient frescos of the German speaking area and the most complete early fresco cycle of Tyrol. Furthermore there are some Gothic frescoes from the 14th century.

The building itself has been established between 630 and 650 AD. The age of the oldest pre-Carolingian frescoes, however, is rather contested, new datings refer to the period of time between the 7th and 10th century. The most famous fresco shows a man on a swing, probably St Proculus himself.

Only a stone’s throw from the chapel, there is also the Proculus Museum, which has been inaugurated in 2006. The museum is allocated subterraneously and takes visitors into 1,500 years of history of the area around Naturno. Four time-space showrooms take you across late antiquity, Middle Ages and early modern times. Moreover in the museum you can admire the Gothic frescoes which have been taken down from the walls of the St Proculus church.

Opening hours - church:
from April 1 to October 14, 2017:
from Tuesday to Sunday from 9.30 am to 12 am and from 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm
from October 15 to November 4, 2017:
from Tuesday to Sunday from 9.30 am to 12 am and from 2 pm to 5 pm
Mondays closed, except on bank holidays
guided tours at 10 am and 3 pm

Admission - church:
5.20 Euros (museum and church)

Further information - church:
phone: +39 0473 667312 / 348 9203829,

Opening hours - museum:
from April 1 to November 4, 2017
from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 12.30 am and from 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm
Mondays closed, except on bank holidays
guided tours for groups of at least 10 people also outside the opening hours (upon request)

Admission - museum:
4.50 Euros (adults), free for kids under 10 years
2.50 Euros (children and young people from 10 to 18 years, students)
family ticket available
free with the Museumcard or museumobil Card

Further information - museum:
phone: +39 0473 673139,

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