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Treasury of the Sé Cathedral

Treasury of the Sé Cathedral
After the sacristy and upper cloister, we encounter the Museum of Sacred Art of the Sé cathedral in Viseu which occupies various rooms, including the elegant and ancient Chapter room. Decorated in an 18th century style, the room has a ceiling formed by panelled boxes. The walls are covered in fine azulejo panels, that represent hunting and battle scenes.

In this sumptuous environment, visitors should make sure that they visit the Treasury of the Sé Cathedral, constituted by a countless number of holy artefacts of great value, which all pertain to the period between the 13th and 18th centuries. Special emphasis should be placed on two golden and enamelled copper 18th century Limoges chests, an ivory wafer box, of Luso-African production, dating from the end of the 15th century, a golden copper byzantine chest cross and a gospel book, and illuminated manuscript on parchment, dating from the 13th or 14th century.

The most important gold and silver articles include a golden silver Gothic custodial, dating from 1533, two 17th-century golden silver chalices and a priceless engraved silver processional cross, dating from 1754. In terms of vestments, there are several articles of great value, including the Vestment of Macau and the Vestment of Rome, and several fine silk counterpanes, embroidered in silver. Noteworthy sculptures include the 16th century statue of Queen Santa Isabel, and the polychromated statue of the Archangel Rafael and Tobias, attributed to the 18th-century sculptor, Machado de Castro.


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