Museo Diocesano Chiostro dei Canonici di San Lorenzo

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Museo Diocesano Chiostro dei Canonici di San Lorenzo

Museo Diocesano Chiostro dei Canonici di San Lorenzo
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Speciality Museums • Architectural Buildings • Art Museums • History Museums
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About
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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md1mm
Sheffield, UK1,413 contributions
Sep 2019
This is an excellent museum next to the cathedral and behind the Palazzo Ducale. The two outstanding features for me were the cloister from the year 1160 and the Blue Genoa room where in religious blue scene fabrics you can trace the origins of Blue Jeans as this is where the colour blue was introduced.
Written September 5, 2019
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libius2018
Moscow, Russia31 contributions
Sep 2018 • Solo
The museum present the history of Genova art fnd has some pictures of Luca Combiaso. There is spetial room with traditional Genova tissue. Realy recommend.
Written November 7, 2018
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giorgiocannella
Rome, Italy812 contributions
Aug 2018 • Solo
The Diocesan Museum of Genoa is housed in a medieval cloister of the twelfth century.
Come and see bunches of grapes and a small altar, both 2000 years old, charred by a fire in the first century after Christ.
Immagine your apartment in Genoa bombed by the two cannon balls shown here; they are made of stone and bombed Genoa in 1684.
Experience the popular devotion looking to the reliquary of the hand of St. Stephen in embossed silver and gems.
Admire one of Luca Cambiasso’s masterpiece: “The crucifixion of Jesus Christ” oil on table, 1560.
Climb to the first floor and see the cycle of the months of the year (second half of the thirteenth century) that adorned the room of one of the Canons of the cathedral of San Lorenzo who resided here and the frescoes that adorned the walls of the first floor.
Do not forget the linen sheets with scenes of the passion of Christ, colored blue with cobalt and painted white with white lead.
They date back to the 1500s and are unique in the world.
Written August 11, 2018
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Jarko2015
Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,743 contributions
Apr 2018 • Solo
The exhibits here are interesting and worth seeing for sure, but it's the building itself you come to see. Make sure you buy the 24 or 24 hour museum card to get it included in your tour. The opening hours are a bit hard to fathom. It's not open at all on Tuesdays and only seems to be open from 2PM onwards on other days.
Written April 20, 2018
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artiemac
Melbourne, Australia137 contributions
Feb 2018 • Business
It's taken 8 trips to Genoa to find this gem. I was lucky to have a pesto lesson in the bowels of the oldest building in Genoa. Dating back to the 12th Century, the museum has art even on the walls. An amazing find!
Written February 27, 2018
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Traveler
191 contributions
Oct 2017 • Solo
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 having my reading glasses though
Written October 7, 2017
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Mitul M
Mumbai, India198 contributions
Jul 2015 • Business
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.
Written August 5, 2015
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Theetiquettorialist
Genoa, Italy1,163 contributions
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 the amazing Blu di Genova rooms (ancester of Blue Jeans) are a must!!

They can also organize dinners, ceremonies, etc...
I wouldn't be able to put in words how beautiful this visit was. I can only suggest you make time for it! :)

With the entrance fee is included a visit of the Treasure Room of San Lorenzo.
Written March 3, 2015
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CRISTINA Z
Bucharest, Romania45 contributions
Mar 2014 • Couples
Very awesome religios and history art right in the heart of Genoa. Also the San Lorenzo Cathedral is magnificent, so don't miss it !
Written May 6, 2014
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travelinjep
San Antonio, TX535 contributions
Jun 2012 • Family
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 cathedral. Note that both these museums are closed for an extended time midday. When we were there, they were closed between noon and 4pm.
This museum contains many pieces of art important to Genoa and its history from several centuries. We especially enjoyed the "Blu di Genova" and exhibit of blue fabric decorated with religious art. This fabric was the precursor of blue jean material (the info suggested that the word "jeans" came from Genoa). These pieces were impressive and distinctive.
Museo del Tesoro was smaller but interesting. Contains impressive silver work and relic purportedly related to John the Baptist.
Written July 1, 2012
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