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Museo Diocesano Chiostro dei Canonici di San Lorenzo

Via Tommaso Reggio, 20r, 16123, Genoa, Italy
+39 010 247 5127
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Very interesting museum

Just steps from Palazzo Ducale (but on an alley not on the main street) is this somewhat hidden... read more

Reviewed 8 October 2017
A TripAdvisor Member
via mobile
Very nice historical place

I can say safely that this museum is one of the most oldest monumental place in Genoa. I... read more

Reviewed 5 August 2015
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Set between the Cathedral and the nearby Palazzo Ducale, the cloister of San Lorenzo was built in the 12th century on the site of the ancient Carolingean defense walls as the residence of the priests serving the Cathedral. The structure of the building is rather complex due to the works of various restorations throughout the centuries. The first restoration works began in the XVI century; in 1653 two floors were added and thus the airy Romanesque loggias of ambulatories were substituted with broad and massive arches supported by strong pillars. Sold to the City in 1923, the cloister was accurately restored between 1988 and 1992. This project was preceded by archeological investigations which uncovered the remains of a house dating from the Roman era (1st c. BC). On the upper floors, the walls show precious wall paintings dating from the 13th century, such as the rare Cycle of the Months. The cloister houses the Diocesan Museum, which displays works from all the churches of the Dioceses, including archeological finds; silver ornaments; sculpture groups, such as the Sepulchral Monument to Luca Fieschi; works with gold-leaf backgrounds, such as the Polyptych of Saint Bartholomew, by Barnaba da Modena (14th c.); and numerous altar pieces by artists such as Perin del Vaga, Luca Cambiaso, Domenico Fiasella, Domenico Piola, and Gregorio De Ferrari. The Museum also houses a valuable textile section and the collection of the Teli della Passione, (Cloths of the Passion), painted in 1538 on indigo blue linen, an “ancestor” of the modern denim (Textile Collection, The Regional Board for the Historical, Artistic, and Ethno-Anthropological Heritage of Liguria, in the depository of the Diocesan Museum).
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7 Oct 2017
“Very interesting museum ”
4 Aug 2015
“Very nice historical place”
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Via Tommaso Reggio, 20r, 16123, Genoa, Italy
+39 010 247 5127
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Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

Just steps from Palazzo Ducale (but on an alley not on the main street) is this somewhat hidden gem. I particularly enjoyed the Genovese Baroque artists. Please note that bags (including purses) are not allowed in but the Museo provides lockers for free. I missed...More

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Reviewed 5 August 2015

I can say safely that this museum is one of the most oldest monumental place in Genoa. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit here and spent some good time digesting the history of this place. Must visit for all the visitors to this city.

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Reviewed 3 March 2015 via mobile

Probably the only museum I have visited in Genoa which makes perfect sense: organized, peaceful, interesting... You visit the museum without being followed in each and every room by the people who work there, everything is explained (in Italian as well as in English), and...More

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Reviewed 6 May 2014

Very awesome religios and history art right in the heart of Genoa. Also the San Lorenzo Cathedral is magnificent, so don't miss it !

Reviewed 2 July 2012

This little museum is just around the corner from the Cathedral di San Lorenzo. Admission is 6 euros per person, but, as we learned when we were leaving, this admission also includes a visit to the Museo di Tesoro, a museum of treasures in the...More

4  Thank travelinjep
Reviewed 29 April 2012

Museo Diocesano, just around the corner from San Lorenzo on Via Tomaso Reggio is often overlooked by tourists, but it’s a very interesting museum and certainly worth a visit to see important works of sculpture, art and paintings. It has a little of everything including...More

5  Thank AnnArborMHT
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