Abbazia di San Silvestro - Museo Benedettino e Diocesano
The ABBEY, a relevant religious and cultural center of Medieval Europe, masterpiece of Emilian Romanesque architecture, is an extraordinary testimony of 1300 years of faith, history and art.
Formerly a Benedictine and later a Cistercian monastery, founded in 752 by Saint Anselm, brother-in-law of the Lombard king Aistulf, it is
dedicated to Pope Saint Silvester I and preserves his relics. The splendid Basilica, with its magnificent portal carved by Wiligelmo and his school, and the forest of columns that supports the crypt, is today the co-cathedral Church of the Archdiocese of Modena-Nonantola.
Do not miss a visit to the Benedictine and Diocesan Museum, where the Sacred Treasure of the Abbey is exhibited, with its precious objects and reliquaries,extraordinary fabrics, parchments, and illuminated manuscripts of the ancient monastic scriptorium, with the outstanding Gospel of Matilda of Canossa, and rare imperial documents, including those with the monogram of Charlemagne and other
Medieval kings and emperors.