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The devotional museum

The devotional museum opened in November 1989, has its centre in the ambient next to the premises Souvenirs. 
The purpose of the museum is to gather and exhibit to the visitors various objects that give evidence to the cult of Saint Michael the Archangel. These are mostly gifts offered to the shrine by pilgrims in the course of its age-old history as a sign of gratitude for graces received. The objects are exposed in the corridor and in the four rooms which compose the museum.
In the corridor to the right is kept a collection of various archaeological discoveries of the 6th-4th centuries B. C. donated to the shrine by Doctor Filippo Prencipe. 
On the left wall are exposed votive offerings in the form of paintings that give witness to the miracles received through the intercession of Saint Michael. 

In the first room the visitor can see:
- some Greek coins dated 6th-3rd century B.C.
- glass bells with images of saints
- a votive habit of Saint Michael Archangel
- various vases
- other votive offerings painted in the lunette to the right
- the copies of some panels of the bronze doors reproduced on stone blocks (18th-19th century).
In the second room numerous objects are on exhibition; plaques, chalices, medals representing Saint Michael but also various modern devotional objects connected to the cult of Saint Michael. 
On the right we can see a collection of small statues; a crib of the 18th-19th century, a Nativity carved by the craftsmen of Ortisei, a small statue of the Virgin donated by Polish pilgrims from Danzica and finally a series of small statues made in leather that represent scenes of family life and a pilgrimage to the Gargano. 
At the centre of the room one notes an artistic lamp of the 18th century, a gift of the town of Pomezia.
In the third room are exhibited some liturgical vestments, chalices, pyxes, liturgical equipment (monstrances, censers, incense-boats, candelabra).
All these objects were given to the shrine in the span of the last two centuries. 
Besides in the show-cases are gathered numerous statuettes of Saint Michael in alabaster or local stone sculpted by craftsmen - local artists.

Saint Michael
Byzantine icon
(8th-9th centuries)
In the last room, next to the collection of ceramics of the Abruzzi school, there is also exhibited a rich collection of icons of the Blessed Virgin and the Saints. In the central show-case all the icons belong to the Russian-Slav school. On the left-hand wall we can observe some copies of icons of Saint Michael from Greece, as well as series of icons that come from different sour- ces all representing the figure of the Archangel.
Here has also been placed a special collection of votive candles.
The central point of the end wall is occupied by the most ancient icon of Saint Michael the Archangel venerated in the shrine. 
Originally, up until 1891 it was kept in the so-called Cave of the Stones, then it was kept in the chapel of the relics for some time.
This work of great value is realized in gilded copper and is known as the Byzantine Icon of the 6th-7th century, but according to some recent studies its origins are attributed to the Longobard period (8th-9th century).

All these gifts that were offered to the shrine of Monte Sant'Angelo and now kept in the museum give witness to the love, devotion and cult of Saint Michael throughout the centuries, as well as demonstrating the importance of this holy place for pilgrims who come here from all over the world.