The Santa Giulia museum is the kind of place you expect to find in a capital city rather than a medium-sized city of 200,000 people like Brescia. Opened in 1998 it occupies a series of monastic buildings. The collections of Roman stonework, mosaics and bronzes, Lombard artefacts and medieval materials are all excellent. What really makes the museum special, though, are the buildings - including two large Roman town houses (domus) unearthed during museum expansion and preserved in situ. These houses have good mosaics and well-preserved frescoes on walls reaching a metre or more in height. Walkways allow visitors to move around above the two domus and get a feel for their structure and complexity. Other buildings of note within the museum are a gallery above one of the churches that was used by nuns and a small Lombard type chapel up a narrow staircase where the so-called Cross of Desiderio is displayed - a Christian processional cross encrusted with gems and cameos, some of Roman date. If you enjoy archaeology and medieval history, the Santa Giulia museum is very much worth a visit: I must have been there more than 10 times by now and always find something new.
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