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Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art – Treviso

Via delle Canoniche 9 – 31100 Treviso (TV)

The rooms of the Canoniche Vecchie (the old parsonage houses), dating back to the 12th cent., host the Diocesan museum of sacred art, which displays archaeological finds of the Roman period, paintings of the Venetian school, works of art and vestments.

Collection history

The museum was set up in 1988 by Monsignor Antonio Mistrorigo in a venue, which had been refurbished in the 50’s.


The archaeological collection displayed in this room contains a set of stone finds of the Roman period (3rd cent. A.D.) from the area of the Cathedral of Treviso, Altinum, Monastier and Pero di Piave.
Once you enter the room, you see on the left the fragment of an inscribed funerary monument of the 1st cent. A.D. of unknown origin, which was re-used as capital in the abbey church of Monastier. The three following inscriptions, which can be seen on the left wall, date back to the 1st cent. A.D. and come from the area of the Canoniche Vecchie (Parsonage Houses) of Treviso; then there is a Corinthian capital of the 3rd cent. A.D., which was discovered in the same area. The exhibition goes on with a cylindrical altar, decorated with garlands, flowers and human protomes, discovered in the area of the church of Pero di Piave (first half of the 1st cent. A.D.), a commemorative inscription referring to the construction of a road stretch, which can be possibly identified with the current Calmaggiore (1st cent. A.D.), and the base of a monument decorated with dentil moulding (1st cent. A.D.). At the centre of the room, it is possible to see a small double-fronted temple shaped funerary monument, decorated with floral acroteria at the corners, discovered in the area of the parsonage houses (1st cent. A.D.).
The exhibition goes on with the second section of the room, where it is possible to see a round altar decorated with garlands used to lay the ashes; the fragment of a commemorative tablet (1st-2nd cent. A.D.) found in via Paris Bordone in Treviso; the fragment of an inscribed stele (1st cent. A.D.) from the area of the Parsonage Houses; a lachrymatory from Altinum and the fragment of a Roman amphora. Particularly noteworthy are the two sarcophagi placed against the right wall. The first one (2nd cent. A.D.), which bears an inscription on the front, was discovered in 1947 in the alley of the cathedral, whereas the second one (3rd cent. A.D.), which displays a pan flute player in a niche, comes from the area of the Parsonage Houses. It is also worth mentioning a pseudo-aedicule shaped funerary urn with the busts of the two departed (1st cent. A.D.), a male head from a funerary stele (1st cent. A.D.) and a quadrangular urn in cist with an inscription on the front (1st cent. A.D.).


Admission: Negli orari di apertura

Ticket: No

School access

Opening Times

Opening Days
Tipology When Specs
Summer Tuesday 09.00 – 13.00
Summer Wednesday 09.00 – 13.00
Summer Thursday 09.00 – 13.00
Summer Friday 09.00 – 13.00
Summer Saturday 16.00 – 19.00
Winter Tuesday 09.00 – 13.00
Winter Wednesday 09.00 – 13.00
Winter Thursday 09.00 – 13.00
Winter Friday 09.00 – 13.00
Winter Saturday 15.00 – 18.00

Recommended tour time (minutes): 15

Services for visitors



Educational Services

Guide a stampa

Information boards

Captions under exhibits

Guided Tours


Tirelli M. 1988, Sezione Archeologica, in Museo Diocesano d’Arte sacra, a cura di Marin A., Castelfranco Veneto.
Bonetto J. 2009, Veneto (Archeologia delle Regioni d’Italia), Roma, pp. 414.

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