The treasury of the basilica of Saint Servaas is a museum of religious art and artifacts in Maastricht. The treasure room contains some objects of medieval nobility, one of the most precious in the Netherlands, and is an important tourist attraction in Maastricht.
It presents objects related to the life of Saint Servaas. You can also see various reliquary.
The Treasury of the Church of Saint Servaas includes a famous collection of oriental silk fabrics from the 4th to the 15th century. Also, many ivory and silver reliquaries can be seen in the treasury, shaped as boxes or horns, or made from objects from exotic countries, such as ostrich eggs, coconuts, and so on. All objects are testimony to our ancestors’ devoutness and love of art. Since 1983, the Treasury can be found in the ‘Chapter Chapel’, which dates from the 11th century.
Help in distress.
The most precious treasure is the so-called ‘Noodkist’ (Casket of Need), being the shrine of Saint Servaas. The golden shrine contains what remains of the relics of Saint Servaas and other bishops of Tongres and Maastricht. The ‘Noodkist’, which dates from around 1160, is considered the milestone of the goldsmith trade in the area of the river Meuse. The ‘Noodkist’ was carried in procession through the streets of Maastricht in times of great distress. Today, this tradition is repeated every seven years on the occasion of the Heiligdomsvaart (the Showing of the Relics).
Even though the treasury is well secures, it always gives you something to take away…
Once you are there, you should not skip a walk through the church. The basilica of Saint Servaas is one of the most beautiful and most prominent churches of the area along the river Meuse.
The treasury can be visited daily from 10:00 am to 17:00 pm.
During the winter months and on Sunday morning, the treasury will be open from 12:30 pm to 17:00 pm.
From May to October there are daily tours (except on Sunday) at 13:00 pm and at 15:00 pm. These tours are included in the price of admission.
The treasury is closed:
– New Year’s Day (January 1st)
– Easter Sunday
– Pentecost Sunday
– Christmas Day & Boxing Day (December 25th and 26th).
For current opening hours and admission fees, please visit the website.
During services the admission may be restricted, but you are always welcome to join the service.
Keizer Karelplein 6
6211 TC, Maastricht