Archaeological Museum of Asturias (Oviedo)

 
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The Archaeological Museum of Asturias is one of the most traditional museums in Oviedo. It was created to store and exhibit the valuable archaeological collection of Asturias since the time of Fray Benito de Feijoo, a Benedictine monk responsible for the first archaeological survey in the region.

Although it was created in 1944, it was not opened to the public until 1952, when collections donated by the aristocracy were exhibited. Over the years, its collection increased in size due to the surveys and excavations carried out since then, as well as other private donations and museums.

The most important collections include those found in Asturian cloisters and monasteries after the confiscation. Among them are pieces found in pre-Romanesque churches of great value, in addition to the numismatic collection of Pedro Hurlé Mansó and the priceless collection of coins and weapons of Tomás Fernández Bataller.

The Archaeological Museum of Asturias occupies what was the old cloister of the imposing Monastery of St. Vincent, an immense and spectacular building dating back to the origins of Oviedo. The original monastery was built in approximately 765 under the reign of King Fruela I. Currently. only the aforementioned cloister remains, which dates from 1530.

In addition to maintaining a collection of pieces, artifacts and relics of great historical value, the cloister that serves as the museum's headquarters was declared a National Monument in 1934.
   
 
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