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Museum Sacred Christian Art - Pont Saint Esprit
The Agony of Christ
The Maison des Chevaliers has been open to the public since July 1995. It was once the residence of the Piolenc family of the Rhône Valley, whose fortune was built on the wheat trade. It houses the Sacred Art Museum of the Gard, which presents a cultural, rather than catechetical, approach to Christian sentiment in the West.
Ceremonial hall of Guillaume de Piolenc - 1450

Nicolas Dipre
Adoration of the Magi

photos: Daspet

 

 

The beautiful Romanesque façade that faces the rue Saint-Jacques is the second known state of this elegant hôtel, which was progressively enlarged until the end of the Middle Ages. Around 1340, the king's magistrate dispensed justice in a hall whose sumptuously painted framework remains perfectly preserved. In 1450, Guillaume de Piolenc had two ceremonial halls built one on top of the other, and their painted ceilings, as well as the decor on the walls of one of the rooms, have remained intact to this day. They form an ensemble of remarkable rarity, which shows the early influence of the Florentine Renaissance.
 
The collection of sacred art brings together the holdings of the municipal and the regional museums. It strikes a balance between religious ethnography and fine arts in its display of objects of worship, both public and private: sacerdotal vestments from the 15th to the 20th centuries, metalwork and sacred objects, religious paintings from the 15th and 17th centuries, a medical cabinet from the Hôpital du Saint-Esprit, Nativity scenes, paperolles, and santons from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Hours Every day except Monday
10 am-noon and 2-6 pm
July-August: 10 am-7 pm
Guided tours available.
Closed  February
Information   Sacred Art Museum of the Gard
2, rue Saint-Jacques
30130 Pont-Saint-Esprit
04 66 39 17 61
Offices 04 66 90 75 80
 
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