Prince Bishops of Brixen commissioned the construction of their fortified castle (called Hofburg) in Brixen in the 13th century. The following centuries brought about numerous revisions to the structure. Around 1600 the splendid renaissance-style interior courtyard was created and decorated with bronze-overlaid terracotta statues by Hans Reichle, the celebrated sculptor from Augsburg. During that same period, the meeting rooms of the grand chancery were decorated with ample heraldic adornments.

Around 1706 Caspar Ignaz began the Baroque style renovation of the palace. It was then that the bishop’s chapel and the imperial wing with its majolica stoves were built; and the ceilings adorned with either paintings by Kaspar Waldmann and Antonio Gresta, or lavish plaster embellishments. Tapestries and the historic furnishings were added as well. In keeping with the fashions of the time, one room was converted into a Chinese cabinet.

Today Hofburg houses the diocesan collection of sacred artworks from the Romanesque period to the Modern age, the treasures of the cathedral of Brixen/Bressanone, works by 19th century Tyrolean artists, a collection of cribs and special exhibitions.

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Founded: 13th century
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Nilantha Bandara (2 years ago)
Wonderful memories. The best place to go if you are in Bressanone to view Baroque style art.
Paolo Caspani (3 years ago)
Le foto riguardano la bella collezione di 15 teche in terracotta che rappresentano l'intera vita di Gesù. Il resto del museo è altrettanto bello ed interessante. C'è una ampia sezione dedicata ai presepi tradizionali. Quest'anno alcune sale erano dedicate ad una rivisitazione del Natale sotto forma di dipinti.
Галина Г (3 years ago)
Очень понравился музей. Была в будний день, людей мало, буквально пару человек встретила. Провела в музее пол дня. Долго бродила по залам, рассматривала картины, есть просто потрясающие шедевры! Если вы приехали в Брессаноне/Бриксен, то посетите музей обязательно. Вход что-то около 10 евро. По Бриксен-кард вход бесплатный.
Stefano Corra (3 years ago)
Il Palazzo Vescovile, è un' antica residenza dei principi vescovi di Bressanone, che ad oggi ospita il Museo Diocesano con opere d’arte sacra. All' interno delle sue stanze troverete opere di artisti tirolesi, una collezione di presepi e mostre temporanee, molto interessati. Le stanze sono molto ben arredate e meritano la visita. Interessante è l' attenzione ai più piccoli. All' ingresso viene consegnato ai bimbi un foglio con delle domande sulle opere, a cui potranno rispondere visitando il complesso museale. Ci sono quiz per varie fasce di età. Alla fine del percorso verrà consegnato loro un piccolo regalo: una cartolina a scelta che riguarda il museo.
Nina Trankovа (4 years ago)
I visited the museum for Christmas. The digitized story and show of lights impressed me and made an unforgettable memory. I would recommend and visit again.
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