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Palace of the Mission – Mauro Macera Complex

On the occasion of the Holy Jubilee of Mercy, called by Pope Francis through the papal bull Misericordia Vultus, marking the 50th anniversary of the end of Vatican II Council, the city of Tivoli inaugurated the Civic Museum on 22 December 2015, inside the Palazzo della Missione (Palace of the Mission), with the exhibition entitled “The Jubilee: Paths of Mercy in Tivoli”.

The 18th century mission building was first the seat of the missionaries of Saint Vincenzo De’ Paoli and then became a juvenile prison. After the terrible bombing of May 1944, during World War II, it was used as a shelter for the homeless and the displaced.
The Museum of Tivoli opens with a temporary exhibition in order to celebrate the Jubilee, which lasts one year, like the exhibition itself. For this extraordinary event the Diocese of Tivoli, in the person of Bishop Mauro Parmeggiani, has generously granted the possibility of displaying Tivoli Cathedral’s exceptional Deposition of Christ – perhaps the city’s most important artwork. This work dates back to the early 13th century and is one of the most significant examples of Medieval Italian wood sculpture. With regard to the Jubilee, the Civic Museum also has on display the books coming from the municipality of Tivoli’s rare and precious collection housed in the Old Fund of the Municipal Library, created in 1773.
The jubilee topics illustrated concern indictions, rituals, pilgrimages, descriptions of holy places, relics, ceremonies and particular events. Two important historical documents of the city are also on display: a papal bull and a letter of Cardinal Ippolito d’Este. Thanks to all those who have worked on this project over the years, the missionary complex has now come back to perform an important role in the life of the city, as a museum space for the preservation and promotion of Tivoli’s heritage, which begins its full valorization from here.

Opening times:
Tuesday to Saturday from 3pm to 6pm Sunday from 10am to 1pm and from 3pm to 6pm

Address: Via della Carità 1 (Piazza Campitelli)

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