Provincial Museum in Lugo, Spain

The Museums in Lugo are fascinating and they are certainly worth the ticket price so don’t hesitate if you are in the city! We visited the Provincial Museum in Lugo but there is also the House of Mosaics, and the Centurion’s House opposite the Cathedral. In fact all the museums we visited in Spain were interesting and well laid out.

Provincial Museum in Lugo

The Provincial Museum was set up in the Convent of St Francis in 1957. The Museum holds a varied and interesting collection about Lugo and is well worth visiting. There are Roman remains from Lugo, including tiles from the 3C, paintings, and gold and coin collections. Lugo was of course established by the Romans, as the Eagle in the Praza de Santo Domingo reminds us! It commemorates the recapture of the city by the Romans in the 1C.

Mosaics in the Provincial Museum in Lugo
Mosaics in the Museum
In the Provincial Museum in Lugo
An octopus mosaic!
Roman Eagle in Lugo
Praza de Santo Domingos

The Monastery of St Francis

According to legend, St Francis (1182-1226) founded the Monastery on his way back from a pilgrimage to Santiago do Compostelo. Over the centuries the buildings were badly damaged and the order finally ended in the 1830s. Today three areas of the original Monastery remain in the Museum: the lovely Cloister of the 15C, the kitchen, and the refectory. (I am not sure where the refectory was but it might have been the large hall adjacent to the kitchen.)

The Cloister in the Provincial Museum of Lugo
15C Cloister of the Provincial Museum
Cloister in the Provincial Museum of Lugo
Cloister of the Monastery of San Francisco
Provincial Museum of Lugo
In the Cloister

The Church of San Pedro

The Church of San Pedro belongs to the Monastery and has an unusual layout, with a very flat apse.

Church of San Pedro and the Provincial Museum in Lugo
The Museum (L) and the Church (R)
Church of San Pedro
Church of San Pedro
Church of San Pedro
Inside the church
Tombs in the Church of San Pedro
Tombs in the Church of San Pedro

Praza Fillos de Anton de Marcos

This little square is alongside and behind the Museum. It is quiet and atmospheric and filled with pieces of art – and enjoyed by the cat. The children of Anton de Marcos were significant philanthropists and businessmen who helped in setting up the Museum.

Praza Fillos de Anton de Marcos

The Provincial Museum in Lugo has a lot of information and after a visit you will certainly need refreshment!

Further information

The Provincial Museum in Lugo