basilica paleocristiana san vigilio
basilica paleocristiana san vigilio

Early Christian Saint Vigilio Basilica

In the 1970s, archaeological excavations under the Cathedral of Trento revealed remains of the ancient Early Christian Saint Vigilio Basilica. Today the basilica is part of the Tridentine Diocesan Museum.

The Early Christian S. Vigilio Basilica was built outside of the Roman town walls and probably dates back to the 4th century AD. The basilica was intended to be a cemetery basilica, as the Saints Sisinnio, Martirio and Alessandro were interred there. These three martyrs were murdered in 397 AD by the people of the Val di Non valley.

Some years later, also Vigilio, the bishop and patron of Trento, was interred in the basilica. Finally between the 9th and 10th century the basilica became a cathedral. Through the centuries it was rebuilt several times until finally Bishop Altemanno let finish the works. In the 13th century the today’s cathedral was built in its place.

Under the Cathedral of Trento, the wide excavation site of the S. Vigilio Basilica can be explored today. It offers a true journey through the centuries and is part of the Tridentine Diocesan Museum.

Opening hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10 am – noon and 2.30 pm – 5.30 pm
Sunday 2.30 pm - 5.30 pm

January 1st, January 6th, Holy Week and Easter, June 26th, August 15th, November 1st and December 25th.

Entrance fee:
adults: 7 € (incl. Diocesan Museum), only Basilica 2 €
between 13 and 22 years: 2 €

Further information:
Museo Diocesano Tridentino
Piazza Duomo square, 18
38122 Trento
tel. +39 0461 234419

In summer 2020, access may still be subject to certain restrictions.

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