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The National Archaeological Museum of Palestrina is located inside Palazzo Barberini, a Renaissance palace erected on the summit of the ancient Sanctuary of Fortuna Primigenia. It houses the most important findings from ancient Praeneste and the surrounding area. The objects are arranged according to broad themes that touch upon the main historical, cultural and artistic aspects of one of the most important and prosperous cities of ancient Lazio.
On display in the halls on the first floor are works related to the worship of the goddess Fortuna, Roman copies of Greek masterpieces, honorary statu
The Museum is located in the southwest wing of the Episcopal Palace and contains about 600 works that range from ancient art up to precious pieces of church furnishings. In the archaeological section, the Ara delle Vittorie, a sophisticated work dating back to the 2nd-3rd century A.D., and a magnificent sarcophagus of the same period stand out. The remains of 4th century A.D. Christian epigraphy come from the area of the early Christian Sant’Agapito basilica. One of the most important works kept in the museum is Eolo, attributed to Michelangelo, from the church of Maddalena di Capranica Prenes