You don‘t need a time machine to travel into the past – simply visit the Museo Episcopal de Vic, which is hiding in the charming, medival town Vic on the foot of the Pyrenees. The outward appearance of the monumental building opposite the famous cathedral already makes the ghosts of the past whisper behind the thick stone walls. When you start walking trough the rooms, which are filled with over 29,000 artworks, the history finally comes alive.
With its collection of glass, metal and textiles, as well as countless paintings and sculptures from the Romanesque and Gothic periods , the museum is considered a world-wide unique place, that gives a deep insight into the Catalan history.After a previous artistic and architectural exhibition and the discovery of an old Romanesque temple near the city, the museum was founded in 1891 by a bishop. And it‘s as spectacular as an modern art exhibition – while you wander past various cabinets, the thin lips of the shady faces, which drank out of this or that jug many years ago, suddenly appear in front of your eyes and when you glance at the ornamented jewelry box or the beautiful carved comb, you wonder how the woman looked like, unraveling her long hair with it.
However, the centerpiece of the museum is its Romanesque – Gothic collection of paintings and artworks, which were lovingly refurbished. When you realize, that each stroke of the brush and every tiny detail was executed by a bare hand, you won‘t stop gazing in amazement. Especially the finely woven vestments and hand made clothes in one of the showrooms keep your mouth open.
In addition to the museum’s collection, which can be visited at any time, is always a diffrent exhibition on the ground floor, where further informations about the Catalan history are given. The best thing about the Museo Episcopal is, that it shows that museums are not always antiquated, dusty places, which only history lovers can enjoy. No one is going to be bored here.
How to get there:
Museo Episcopal de Vic
Plaça Bisbe Oliba, 3
08500 Vic (Barcelona)
April – September: Tuesday till Friday 10.00 – 19.00 o’clock
October – Marchz: Tuesday till Friday 10.00 – 13.00 o’clock and 15.00 – 18.00 o’clock
Saturday: 10.00 – 19.00 o’clock
Sunday and public holiday: 10.00 – 14.00 o’clock
Normal: 7, 00 Euro
Reduced: 3,50 Euro