Padre Belda archaeological Museum


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Padre Belda archaeological Museum

The Archaeological Museum Padre Belda of Alba de Tormes was founded in 1982 thanks to the initiative of the priest of the Sacred Heart of Jesus P. Ignacio María Belda, who throughout his life collected countless geological pieces, archaeological and ethnographic fruits of his interest in the sciences, and his participation in various archaeological campaigns.

The museum is located in the Convent of San Jerónimo (formerly San Leonardo), an imposing set of the 15th-16th centuries composed of the convent itself with two cloisters, the church and various auxiliary dependencies. He was rehabilitated, after centuries of abandonment, by the order of Father Restorers-Dehonians, with Padre Belda at the head who personally directed the works, from 1960.

Initially, the museum was called the Didactic Museum of Prehistory Father Belda, which reveals the meaning of this center, originally oriented to complement the school pedagogy of the Minor Seminary of San Jerónimo. After the death of the museum’s promoter and alma mater, and taking advantage of the opportunity offered by various institutions to the Dehonian-Restorative Fathers to confine the consolidation and rehabilitation as the new museum headquarters of the convent church, in ruins since the middle of the 19th century, the Padre Belda Museum enters a new stage.

As a well-deserved tribute to Father Belda, and as the best way to perpetuate his pedagogical legacy, the new Archaeological Museum Padre Belda of Alba de Tormes was inaugurated on June 27, 2008 in its new headquarters, in the rehabilitated Church of the Minor Seminary of San Jerónimo.


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From Monday to Friday:

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Free entrance


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Monastery San Jerónimo