Middle ages

Sarcophagus from Astorga

White marble
Cathedral of Astorga (León)
4th century (ca. 305-315)

Imported from Rome, this sarcophagus from the Cathedral of Astorga is one of the finest examples of the early fourth-century sarcophagi with Christian scenes decorating the whole of the front. From left to right, the scenes depict the resurrection of Lazarus, Saint Peter’s arrest, the miracle of the spring (Saint Peter in prison causes water to well up so that he can baptise two soldiers), Adam and Eve’s original sin, the multiplication of the loaves and fish, and the sacrifice of Isaac.



Here you will find objects related to three different cultural contexts: the Visigothic kingdom of Toledo (5th-8th century); the Hispano-Islamic world (8th-15th century), comprising the Caliphate, Taifa and Nasrid periods; and the Christian kingdoms (8th-15th century), characterised by the development of the Pre-Romanesque, Romanesque and Gothic styles in the cities and monasteries and along the Way of Saint James. Meanwhile, a series of Mudejar objects illustrate the Muslim presence in Christian Spain.

Fíbula de Alovera

Visigothic kingdom


Tesoro de Bentarique

Hispano-Islamic world


Capitel Santa María la Real

Christian kingdoms