Tourist Attraction in Sant'Agata De'Goti: Museo Diocesano di Sant'Agata de' Goti
The diocesan museum of Sant'Agata de 'Goti preserves the findings of sacred art from the diocese of Cerreto Sannita Telese Sant'Agata de' Goti. The idea of creating a diocesan museum in Sant'Agata de 'Goti was born in the' 70s even if the first adaptation works were interrupted because of the 1980 Irpinia earthquake. In 1993 the bishop Mario Paciello proposed again the institution of the museum which was inaugurated on 27 September 1996 by the then cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. The collections are exhibited in two different sections: the museum section, containing archaeological and artistic finds, and the section of the Alphonsian places that contains objects that recall the years in which Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori was bishop of the city. The museum section is located near the church of the Madonna del Carmine in the namesake square. There are also several very ancient finds such as a paleocristina slab of the 5th and 6th centuries and a tombstone of Abbot Antonio di Tramonto from 1361. Among the paintings on display there is a Late Gothic Pietà attributed to Silvestro Buono, a hunt of Agar and Ismaele (1670 and 1680) and an Annunciation of the Giaquinto (1702). The section of the Alphonsian places is located in a wing of the bishop's palace in Piazza Umberto I. The museum itinerary is divided into the internal courtyard (where a lapidarium is located) and in the rooms that were inhabited by St. Alphonsus. There are preserved: a detached fresco of the Calise depicting the obedience of the clergy to the bishop (1614), the poor episcopal chair used by the saint when he gave audience, some treatises and texts of the processes of beatification and canonization.