The Treasure Museum

The Museum of the Treasure conserves a wide stock of sacred vestments and liturgical objects and a rare musical code of the twelfth century.

The "Pace" could have a museum all to itself, given its rarity and the historical and artistic importance it had on the European scene. It is a unique work of medieval goldsmith.

According to some, it owes the name of "Pace" for this gospel book covering to the vertically embossed "Pax Vita" above the lower oval. According to others, it owes its name to the tradition of kissing the work as a sign of peace during the most important solemn celebrations.

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The baptismal font

The basin is a monolith in the local green stone decorated with sculptures in half relief, representing the benediction of the water and the baptism itself.

The work was carried out in 1156 in order to serve the entire parish of San Lorenzo, which at that time comprised the San Giacomo Valley (or Spluga Valley), the Italian part of Bregaglia Valley and the lower Valley incorporating Mese and San Cassiano.

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The Church of San Lorenzo

TThe church is said to have been built in the 5th century. A new church was probably built in the 9th century, when the parishes were organised. In 973 it was already dedicated to St Lawrence, in 1042 it was called a canonry, in 1098 a basilica. The first archpriest appeared in 1016.

The basilica was extended in 1107, but in 1537 a fire destroyed the oak roof. A year later it was rebuilt and enlarged in 1719, with the renovation of the vaults and the addition of mighty granite columns.

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