Church of St. Catherine

The Church of St. Catherine is one of the oldest churches in Preci: it dates back to the 10th century. 

Over the years it has been modified almost completely from its original appearance because of drastic restorations.

Now it houses the museum of Preci Surgery: thanks to the restoration work to prepare the museum, the Romanesque portal that had been walled-up for years was reopened and the belfry was reinforced.


The Municipality of Preci, in collaboration with the University of Perugia and the University of Rome, supported the opening of The Museum of Preci Surgery in May 2009. It houses an exhibition of portraits of distinguished doctors, famous patients and some prints of anatomical illustrations. Display cases contain tools and surgical instruments used by the surgeons.

The story of the surgery of Preci is also described in the Diocesan Museum of Sant'Eutizio. The two museums display medical instruments and iconographic documentation. For the inhabitants of this area, practicing surgery was a logical progression from their experience in pork processing, because human and pig anatomy aren't enormously different.

At the moment the church and the museum cannot be visited

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