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Museum of art and archaeology, Perigueux: photo description (Musee d'art et d'archeologie du Perigord)

Museum of art and archaeology is one of the many museums in the French city of périgueux, located in the South-West of France, in the Aquitaine region. This place has a rich history: it was inhabited by the Romans before Christ, and here were found the camp of CRO-magnons. The city was founded in 1240.

Museum of art and archaeology is the oldest Museum in all of Dordogne. It was founded in 1835. It holds collections of art and Ethnography, with the artifacts not only of the ancient peoples living on the territory of Aquitaine, but also from around the world.

Of course, at the time of creation of the Museum it was not so wide - was only a modest collection of various curiosities found during archaeological excavations held in the region. Those exhibits keen interest in the field of Geology and Mineralogy, and belonged to the times of the Neolithic period. Some exhibits are more than 400 thousand years. Then the Museum started to receive archaeological finds, came from other parts of the world, even from America and Oceania. The collection of paintings appeared in the Museum in 1857, the oldest painting dates from the sixteenth century, and in 1898 the entire Museum moved to a new, specially constructed building.

Especially noteworthy is the cloister, made in the pseudo-style. Here are medieval art: ancient statues, gravestones of the era of the Merovingians, a few images of the altar, Church utensils, as well as the lapidary and a bestiary - an old book, which contains descriptions of the exotic for a medieval reader animals.

Also in the Museum are exhibited many objects of decorative art, including the famous Delft porcelain.