While visiting Avignon, we would walk down the Rue de la République at least twice a day. On our third day we noticed the sign for the Musee Lapidaire and decided to peek inside and see what was behind those doors.
OH MY……….the collection was breathtaking! The gentleman at the desk seemed quite surprised to have visitors…..the place was empty!
You see the museum was originally a Baroque Jesuit Church, whose plans had been prepared in 1616 by Stephen Martelange.
The exterior is classic Jesuit Baroque, and if you are familiar with Rome, the corbels and carving should remind you of the famed Church of the Gesu.
Since 21 June 1928, it is classified as a historical monument.
Inside, amid he surprisingly simplistic interior, the is an astounding display of everything from amphora to grave markers, or stele from local archeological sites.
The permanent collections cover several eras: prehistory , ancient Greek , ancient Etruscan , Roman antiquity , art Gauls , ancient paleo-Christian.
Among the major pieces of the collection of prehistoric times, the museum presents the “Stele of Lauris – Puyvert
The objects of ancient Greek, Roman, and Etruscan, and the Gallic art are varied, vases, statues in low relief, or lamps.
Some Etruscan tombs are also available.
We spent several hours in the museum and so enjoyed this amazing collection. The entire time we were inside, not one other person entered, yet in the street, hundreds walk past the doorway!
We were quite content to have our private museum accompanied by our three singing muses………
Should you ever be in Avignon, do not walk past these doors and miss this incredible place
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