Mediatheca Franciscana

The Mediatheca Franciscana contains digitized manuscripts from the Sacro Convento in Assisi. The library of the Sacro Convento originated in the 13th century, containing both manuscripts of own production and from elsewhere. Until the end of the 14th century it was the richest Franciscan library in Europe. The most prestigious part of the old collection ('fondo antico') consists of 709 manuscripts, of which ca.70 illuminated, and of ca.4000 printed books from the 15th and 16th centuries.

The Mediatheca Franciscana contains ca.260.000 digital images of the manuscripts of the old collection. Every manuscript is also accompanied by catalogue data. Search options include title, author, description of the source, and manuscript number.

The project is part of a project of the Società di Studi Francescani which aims to create a database of Franciscan manuscripts inside and outside Europe.

The project was initiated by the Società Internazionale di Studi Francescani. It was sponsored by the Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali, the Ufficio Centrale per i Beni librari, l’Editoria e gli Istituti Culturali, the Biblioteca digitale italiana, the Fondazione Cassa di risparmio di Perugia, and the Comune di Assisi.

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