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The tapestry Museum in the Episcopal Palace: photos, description (Musee des Tapisseries)

The tapestry Museum AIX-EN-Provence is located in the former Palace of the archbishops. The town itself is situated in the South of France in the region Provence - Alpes - côte d'azur and is steeped in history. The first Celtic tribes settled here in the IV century BC, then the town became the capital of the Roman province of Narbonne. During the dark Ages the settlement was repeatedly captured by the barbarian tribes, and only in the XII century, when the dominion of Provence passed into the hands of the Dukes of Anjou, flourished the axe. The city became an important cultural center, where the University was founded.

Himself Archbishop's Palace adjacent to the old Cathedral, whose construction began in the XII century and ended only in the sixteenth century. Therefore, in the appearance of this powerful structure features elements of Romanesque and Gothic styles. Near the Palace is the Romanesque courtyard - cloister, decorated with fine carved columns.

The Museum rooms are spacious, with vaulted ceilings, and its collection is quite extensive. Here are a few of the tapestries of the XVII-XVIII centuries, is made in Beauvais, a famous city in Northern France, famous for the manufacture of tapestries. Notably the tapestries, made on the theatre curtain, and a series of tapestries depicting a grotesque picture. Moreover, the Museum houses a unique instance of tapestries, telling the story of the famous hero of Spanish literature of don Quixote.

In addition, the Museum's collection consists of modern tapestries and antique furniture decorations and theatrical performances. Often hosts temporary exhibitions of contemporary art and photography. The Museum was opened in 1979.