It is a museum designed to give a unique and urepeatable emotion in the province of Caserta. An emotion connected to a Saint that is not so saint, since he is an angel. Actually an archangel. Michele, “who is like God?”, according to his name meaning.
It is the only museum of the territory having a collection of jewelry and valuables; the ex-voto belonging to the shrine of St. Michele. An archangel celebrated in Maddaloni on the day of his apparition on the Gargano, 8th May, according to the Lombard. Maddaloni has recognised him for a millennium in the shrine on the mountain.
But the treasure of the shrine is the latest discovery placed at the end the itinerary. The other rooms are dedicated to a journey through the history of an industrious city, in which, for example, Baroque ceramics has found craftsmen capable of great beauty between 1600 and 1800.
The history of such an ancient city began speaking Etruscan and Samnite language of Calatia, remembered with architectural objects and grave goods. It is a museum that brings the city inside its itinerary to enhance the masterpieces of sculpture and painting of the 18th century (Solimena, Sammartino) by integrating them with devotional or local works. The building that hosts the museum and the nearby church of Santa Maria dei Raccomandati tell the history of charity and assistance.
text by Pietro Di Lorenzo / translated by Denise Kendall-Jones (2020)
Photographs: Maddaloni Civic Museum Archive (shots by Alfredo Caturano)
Wheelchair accessibility guaranteed
Monday to Saturday 9am to 1 pm (last entry at 12.30am)
Tuesday and Thursday 3,30pm to 5,30pm
2,00€, guided tour included
Via Nino Bixio, 211 - 81024, Maddaloni (CE)
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