Catherijne Convent Museum, Utrecht, Netherlands

Saint Catherine's Convent Museum houses a vast collection of religious art, ranging from the medieval period to the 21st century. It was created in 1979 and includes richly illuminated manuscripts, jewelled book bindings, Dutch paintings from the Golden Age, altarpieces, ecclesiastical vestments and artefacts in gold and silver. It also includes a "Pandhof", a courtyard with a garden where some of the plants have biblical references.
The convent was built in the 16th century by the Order of the Knights of Saint John and it included a hospital wing with 24 beds, at the time the largest in Utrecht. After the Reformation, the convent was abandoned and laid in ruins until a large-scale renovation carried out in the 1950s.

Opening hours: Tue. to Fri. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.;
Entrance fee: €12.50 (plus €3 for temporary exhibitions)

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