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Blessed Benedict XI Museum – A medieval textile treasure

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Adjacent to the sacristy of the Basilica of San Domenico, there is a museum dedicated to Pope Benedict XI, in order to highlight the complex liturgical vestments historically associated with the Dominican pontiff. Pope Benedict XI was born in Treviso in 1240 and died in the Dominican convent of Perugia in 1304, where his funeral monument is located. The fabric in which two of the vestments (dalmatian and cope) were made belongs to the type of 'tartaric cloths', precious silk fabrics with metallic weaves, produced in various centres of the Mongol Empire between the 13th and 14th centuries. Thanks to the conservation work carried out, this medieval textile treasure, one of the rarest and most important still existing in Europe, has been restored to its original splendour. The museum also includes valuable Italian silk products.

Blessed Benedict XI Museum – A medieval textile treasure

Via del Castellano, 106, 06121 Perugia PG, Italy

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