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Museo e Cripta della Cattedrale di Anagni

Via Leone XIII, 03012 Anagni, Italy
+39 0775 728374
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Interesting History Wise

You go back 700 years in time when you visit this crypt. The venue is well looked after and the... read more

Reviewed 4 June 2017
Milan, Italy
Colorful and religious

Remarkable piece of art in the historical centre of Italy. Nice guide, it worths a full visit... read more

Reviewed 27 May 2017
Alex F
Siena, Italy
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The Crypt and the Museum of Anagni Cathedral: a backward journey through time to discover all the treasures that this important episcopal location holds. The Library is the first area to be visited and it is composed of a rich collection of 1814 volumes belonging to the period between the 15th century and the 20th century. The incunables (the first typography products) are truly valuable. They hailed from the origins to the 15th century, and for this reason they are called “quattrocentine” (that means belonging to the years between 1401 and 1499). There are approximately 450,000 incunables in the world, and at least 110,000 of them are preserved in Italy. Some of those are preserved in this library. The volumes concern various subjects: they are texts of local history, some Latin classics, and even an important copy of the Codex Justinianus of 1518. The location called ‘Chapter Hall’ takes the name from the Chapter, that is the gathering of the canons assigned to a church. The vault is adorned by some frescoes. The walnut and mahogany furniture shows an empire style, it dates back to 19th century. The three rooms of the Sacristies hold precious golden and silver objects. In particular, the XVI century busts of the two patrons of Anagni: St. Peter from Salerno and St. Magnus from Trani. The collection of the Treasure begins with Boniface VIII, but the first donations date back to the ninth century. The most valuable objects that are preserved are liturgical vestments and the famous casket of Thomas Becket, authentic fine work of Limoges from the second quarter of the XIII century, as well as miters and bags among the oldest in Europe. From the Treasure room one can enter the Medieval Chapel of the Savior. The Chapel holds peculiar pictorial decorations and wooden works of particular beauty. The Cathedral, built at the behest of Saint Peter of Salerno, was completed in 1104 and dedicated to the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary (St. Maria Annunziata). The indoor space is divided into three naves. Interventions made during the XIII century have introduced Gothic architectural elements in the presbytery. Belonging to the above-mentioned century there are the remarkable Cosmatesque flooring, the Episcopal Chair, the Easter Candelabra and finally the wall paintings that represent the Virgin with her Child and St. Peter’s head (this one, on the left pillar near the presbytery). The decorations in the apses go back to the XIX century. On the left wall of the Cathedral one can see the Lauri Chapel (XII century), the Baptistery and the Caetani Chapel (XIII century) holding an interesting Gothic funeral monument. On the right aisle there is the Raoli Chapel (XIX century). Below the flooring of the Cathedral there are two Crypts. The Oratory, dedicated to St. Thomas Becket, the English archbishop murdered in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170, retains the antique structure of a mithraeum. Built in the early centuries of the Christian era, it still has the original sacrificial altar. The walls show an interesting series of paintings of uncertain date, although certainly consecutive to the canonization of the Saint (1173). The series contains scenes taken from the Old and New Testament, Theories of saints and apostles, the Last Judgment and interesting episodes related to St. Thomas Becket, including his martyrdom. St. Magnus’ Crypt, built together with the Cathedral, holds an extraordinary series of paintings of 540 Square meters realized by three artists’ workshops among the most skilled of the time. The date is between the XII century and the first half of the XIII century. The series tells the story of man’s salvation through reference to various topics: the creation of the universe and the human being based on philosophical and scientific theories, the Tale of the Ark of the Covenant, Stories of saints and the Apocalypse of John of Patmos. The altars preserve the relics of Saints and Martyrs, among which the most important are St. Magnus (patron saint of Anagni), St. Secondina (born in Anagni) and Peter the bishop. In the Lapidary, the ancient cloister, there are Roman, Early Christian, Medieval and Modern headstones. It is important to underline the presence of the liturgical furniture in the Carolingian Cathedral of the IX century, of precious plates decorated with Cosmatesque mosaics dating the XIII century and of the stunning archaeological section that hosts objects of rare beauty. TICKETS FULL PRICE TICKETS 9,00 euros REDUCED PRICE TICKETS 6,00 euros for groups of at least 15 people; for people resident in Anagni (visitors will be asked to show their ID card); for EU university students regularly registered in the faculties of Humanities, Architecture and Conservation of Cultural Heritage (students will be asked a document certifying the current year registration. SPECIAL REDUCED PRICE TICKETS 3,00 euro groups of students coming from secondary schools; young people aged 11 to 18; disabled people assistants (with attested impairment, equal or superior to 74%). FREE TICKET for disabled people (with attested impairment, equal or superior to 74%); for groups of students coming from primary school; for kids up to 10 years old. There are no further complimentary tickets or reductions. INFORMATION Entrance is available until 45 minutes before the closing hour. During the Mass tours are suspended.
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Reviewed 4 June 2017

You go back 700 years in time when you visit this crypt. The venue is well looked after and the descriptions are in Italian and in English. Language wise the English is quite good which isn't always true in Italy. The frescoes have suffered due...More

Thank cho10
Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

Remarkable piece of art in the historical centre of Italy. Nice guide, it worths a full visit including the Cathedral

Thank Alex F
Reviewed 23 March 2017

The floor is original laid by the Cosmati family; the frescoes are vibrant and interesting. You need to time your entry to maximize the 20 minutes' lighting each half hour.

Thank Jackie G
Reviewed 13 November 2016

Anagni is an ancient town in Ciociaria (east-southeast of Rome) you can visit on a day trip. The Cathedral in Gothic style, dedicated to Saint Mary and the crypt containing the frescoes (among the best preserved examples of Romanesque/Byzantine art in Italy) covering all the...More

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Reviewed 13 November 2016

The Cathedral and crypt in the medieval town of Anagni are beautiful. St. Magnus is buried there and one can also see a reliquiary of Thomas Becket. The crypt is covered in incredible frescoes, depicting the life of St Magnus, but also a detailed interpretation...More

Thank mmanch
Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

A pleasant day trip in Frosinone is to the Cathedral in the town of Anagni. Anagni is an ancient town and comune in Frosinone Province, Latium, central Italy, in the hills east-southeast of Rome. It is a historical center in Ciociaria. Anagni Cathedral is a...More

Thank AlicetheBAD
Reviewed 19 September 2016

The crypt of Anagni Cathedral is quite unique for the quality and variety of its frescos and for British people there is the added attraction of the connection with St Thomas a Becket. I think it's important to have some idea of what you will...More

Thank RaphaelTobias
Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Well worth a visit, it's full of treasures and interesting info. We were the only people visiting and we did not feel rushed and felt the ticket price was justified

Thank GuildfordLilly
Reviewed 11 September 2016

The crypt, restored a few years ago, is gorgeous. You access through the museum, you visit the library, the treasure etc and then go to the crypt. One things worth mentioning: don't spend time in the other rooms downstairs when the light that illuminate the...More

Thank USExpatsThe3Cs
Reviewed 22 May 2016

As an art historian , though retired ,with a special interest in Italian Romanesque churches , I was looking forward to my visit but then was utterly amazed by the scarce time ( 20 minutes exactly ! ) and the price to see the frescoes...More

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CattedralediAnagni, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Museo e Cripta della Cattedrale di Anagni, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2016
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Gentile signora, ricordo bene il suo caso essendo stato io stesso presente all'accaduto. Sono quindi doverose alcune rettifiche alle falsità...More

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