The Capitolar room - Museo di San Caprasio

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The Capitolar room

The capitular room and the museum

In the first decades of the year one thousand, simultaneously to the enlargement of the Church, the monastery was built, too. The big capitular room, a little covered portion of the closter and some rooms of unsure destination remained.   The big room had originally a trusses covering, replaced in XIII century by bricks vaults supported by three big central columns, stone pillars and bricks semi columns leaning on the walls.

The museum , through the excavation finds, tells the arrival of relics of Saint Caprasio and the hospitality that the abbey gave to the Francigena pilgrims. The great dummies of abbot, monk and pilgrim accompany the visitor to discover the irons of urn which contains the finds of the saint, coins left by pilgrims around his grave, kitchenware of the abbot kitchen, roman dominion and iron time presences trucks, the abbey silver, hundreds of devotional medals which accompanied the last land travel of Aulla citizens. Tridimensional rebuilding and videos retrace ten years of archeological excavations and show the possible medieval plant of the Church and monastery.

The stone gospel finding

After the finding of the entry portal two big capitals exposed in the Church and reused as cornerstones
of the bell tower, other capitals have been found, hidden under the plaster as simple building stones
without their origin function. In the middle of the room there is the elegant capital, depicting four dragons,
has been assigned by Maria Pia Branchi to the Po Valley sculptor Oberto Ferlendi (first half of XIII c.).
probably the other stones with plant basketwork and skein decorations, and the depictions of the
grapes (Eucharist), fish (Christ) and the palm (martyrs) belong to the same shop.  

The stone of Saint Caprasio

Few monuments can place beside to the historical-artistic study the research about the chemical composition and the provenance of gravestone materials used during the centuries: marbles and stones carved at the time of abbey building yards, but also recovery materials, handmade fragments coming from the roman time building divestment, some of them were imported from Greece. The research places beside to that one about the mortars that supplied fundamental data for the rebuilding of stages and times of the complex reconstruction.

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