Il Museo d'Arte Sacra della Pieve di Santa Maria Assunta

Santa Maria Assunta’s Museum of Sacred Art

Bientina hosts splendid collection of holy vestments

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The Museum of the parish church of Bientina was inaugurated in December 1993. It hosts one of the area’s finest collections of sacred vestments in precious metal, dating back to the XVI and XVII centuries. More than 120 items are on display including works of art and religious objects such as candlesticks, chalices, reliquaries, trays and lamps. These objects were produced by the most famous silversmith schools of Lucca, Pisa and Florence. The collection also boasts several examples from the Neapolitan school and French school. Visitors won’t want to miss viewing twenty wooden shrines decorated with fine gold leaf, which date back to the middle of the 1700s. The majority of these furnishings were donated to the church after it became host to the relics of St. Valentine. In the museum, you’ll also find precious liturgical vestments from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
(Source: Pisa Tourist Information Office)

A small town with an ancient past which is home to an Etruscan Museum
The first written evidence there is of the town of Bietina (from the Latin "Bis antes", meaning "two hedges") dates back to the year 793. It was then that Saximondo di Gumberto conceded a portion of land to the bishop of Lucca. The town’s monuments include the Pievania Church of Santa Maria Assunta which was enlarged between 1627 and 1640. ...