Altes Franziskanerkloster – Städtische Museen Zittau


The Zittau collection contains a number of objects dating from the siege of Vienna in 1683, including weapons and seals as well as two Ottoman edicts. Both date from the time of the Ottoman Sultan Ahmed I.

Collection history

The history of the Zittau collection began with a gift from Vienna in 1564. The collection of scientific instruments, works of art, natural objects and curiosities, as well as manuscripts and books, quickly developed into one of the first public collections in Central Europe, known as Kunst- und Wunderkammer (Chamber of Art and Curiosities) of the Zittau Ratsbibliothek. In 1709, the collection was given its own representative exhibition hall in the so-called Heffter Building at the former Franciscan monastery. In 1854, Städtischen Museen Zittau were founded as Saxony's first municipal museum. They have been constantly expanded and today comprise an extensive collection of regional history and folklore with over 40,000 objects - including the two Zittau lenten cloths from 1472 and 1573 - in art, numismatics, zinc and furniture. The two Ottoman edicts may have originally come from the holdings of the Christian Weise Library in Zittau.


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