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The Lanciano Diocesan Museum Guide

Entrance Corridor - First room

The Diocesan Museum in Lanciano was opened in 2002 to collect in its rooms, developing on a surface of 1000 sq.m, more than five hundreds pieces of the huge artistic heritage of the Ortona-Lanciano Archdiocese, testifying to the Lanciano artistic and religious history whose vision, as in a Bible of…
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Second room

DEDICATED TO THE WORSHIP OF THE MADONNA DEL PONTE Another reason why the Diocesan Museum of Lanciano is rightly known is because of the Museum concept it has been designed on. The objects are arranged and displayed neither in a chronological order, retracing the art history steps, nor following a…
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Third room

THE WORSHIP OF THE VIRGIN AND SAINTS In the third room the theme of the worship of the Virgin and the Saints is introduced. All the paintings exhibited, in connection with the theme, belong to the same author from Ortona, Pasquale Bellonio born in 1698 and died in 1786 who,…
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Fourth room

THE WORSHIP OF THE VIRGIN AND SAINTS In the fourth room the theme of the worship of the Virgin and the Saints develops along many paintings and sculptures endowed with a remarkable historical interest and a high artistic value coming from various worship places completely disappeared today, as Saint Martin…
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Fifth room

DEDICATED TO THE FIGURE OF CHRIST The fifth room is dedicated to the figure of Christ and in particular to the meaning of Redemption of his sacrifice on the cross. Besides, it’s also intended to remind the visitor about the rituals of the Week Lanciano is famous for. {mp3}en-Tr. 21…
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Sixth room

The Worship of Saints The sixth room is dedicated to the theme of the worship of saints and it shows many pieces coming from Old Lanciano parishes which were abolished in the 19th cent. and then demolished, as Saint Laurence statue, of the second half of 15th cent. , Saint…
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Seventh room

The “conocchies” In the seventh room there are many and different “dressed statues”, popularly called “conocchies” whose head and hands were the only parts generally made in wood. Very popular in the past centuries they became old-fashioned after the Vatican Council but they were connected to particular expressions of faith,…
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Eighth room

RELICS The eighth room is dedicated to the theme of the relics and here are exposed many differently shaped reliquaries made mainly between 17th and 19th century. Among these , particularly interesting is the one containing the relics of Pope Celestine V. In the room Saint Augustine bust made in…
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Ninth room

Vestments In the ninth room we can see some of the many vestments belonged to Mons. Francesco Maria De Luca and the rings of Lanciano prelates that are traditionally left to Madonna del Ponte’s treasure. In the room there are also two 18th century artworks by the cabinet-maker Modesto Salvini,…
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Gallery

Along the gallery leading to the exit, it’s exhibited together with less important paintings, an embroidered example of excellent manufacture for its dimensions and for the opulence of the embroidery, which is for sure a really exclusive piece of this big and rich museum. 10.1 Neapolitan area of interest, Drape…
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The Treasure

The Treasure of Madonna del Ponte, exhibited in the second room of the Diocesan Museum is an heritage of very high value, both economically and culturally. Moved, for obvious reasons of security, into a bank vault after the earthquake that, in the 80s, damaged the Cathedral structures in such a…
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Special Deposit in Lanciano

Among the not exposed jewels there is one of the most beautiful pieces of the Treasure. It’s a coral branch that probably once hung from the Child’s neck in a very similar way to the sample portrayed in the Altar Piece of the Victory by Andrea Mantegna,1496, kept in Louvre…
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Rogatorium offitium terrae lanzani

Rogationum Offitium Terrae Lanzani, 14th cent. , parchment manuscript coming from Santa Maria Maggiore church in Lanciano. The manuscript is extremely important to reconstruct the religious history of Lanciano city in the past centuries, when it was still under the authority of Chieti Bishop. In it there is the recording…
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