The Louvre Museum welcomes the Treasury of St. Maurice’s Abbey from March 14 until June 16, 2014. During this time some of the most impressive jewels in Europe will be on display at the Louvre.
Located in Switzerland, St. Maurice’s Abbey was founded in 515, and its treasure collection dates from that time until the 15th century. St. Maurice’s Abbey is the oldest active monastery in the Western world. Established by King Sigismond of the Burgundians, the monastery has benefited from numerous royal treasures, bestowed upon it by princes and religious pilgrims. Many of these treasure have now made the journey to Paris, where they can be seen by the thousands of people who visit the Louvre every day.
The exquisite exhibition comes ahead of the abbey’s 1,500-year anniversary, which will be celebrated in 2015. From shining jewels to relics like the 7th-century casket of Teuderic, a range of impressive antique objects will be on display at the Louvre. In addition, ornamental pieces from the abbey, such as vases and silks, are also part of the exhibition.
The casket of Teuderic, along with the vase of Saint Martin and the golden jug of Charlemagne, make up the abbey’s three most precious treasures. They possess an exceptional quality and a historical significance that renders them priceless. Guests staying at the Hôtel Louvre Marsollier can witness these priceless treasures with their very own eyes during their springtime stay in Paris.
What could once only be seen in Switzerland can now be seen by anyone in Paris during the dates of the exhibition. That means the exhibition “The Treasury of the Abbey of Saint Maurice d’Agaune” provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see some of the most precious art objects in history. At the same time, visitors will also see the beautiful Parisian monument that is the Louvre.