Museo del Trasparente

Casa Croci, a small 19th-century architectural gem, house the Museo del Trasparente di Mendrisio.
This will be the first exhibition space devoted to one of the region’s most distinctive and extraordinary artistic and historic legacies: an age-old tradition that has led the Confederation to candidate the Historical Processions of Holy Week as world heritage associated with living traditions.

The museum in Casa Croci provides an opportunity to observe these wonderful objects close-up, to learn about how they are made and to find out more about the various different types of this unusual decorative item.

"Trasparenti" are illuminated nocturnal paintings used to embellish the ancient town along the route of the Maundy Thursday and Good Friday processions, a much-loved folk tradition among the local people that has changed very little over the years.

26 objects, including lanterns, instruments of the Passion, sails, lesenes, balconies, shrines and the central part complete with pillars of one of the ten large doors, in an elegant display.