Museo e Tesoro

The cloths

Early Christian and medieval cloths

The Treasury also owns numerous antique cloths which were venerated as relics either because they had belonged to saints, or because they had been used to wrap relics, a contact that endowed them with an aura of sanctity.

Among them two fragments of Egyptian cloth (6th -7th century) from the robes of Pope Gregory the Great, and three corporals (small altar clothes), dating to the same period. Moreover, the so-called “Apostle’s bags”, five small bags with curved bottoms made of woven palm-leaves and decorated with bands of geometrical patterns, were made in the Palestinian area from the Roman period to the 10th century.