Lleida Museum, the shortened and current usual name of the Diocesan and Comarcal Lleida Museum (Catalan: Museu de Lleida, Museu Diocesà i Comarcal de Lleida), is an art and history museum in Lleida (Catalonia, Spain) owned by the Generalitat de Catalunya, the Lleida city council, Roman Catholic Diocese of Lleida and the comarcal council of Segrià, of which Lleida is the capital. It assembles a variety of collections, including Roman, Islamic, Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque art. It was created in 1997, while the current building in Rambla d'Aragó was inaugurated in 2007. The museum was controversial from its onset: some of the pieces on display were found in the Catalan-speaking part of Aragon known as Franja de Ponent, adjacent to Lleida and previously belonging to its local diocese, which however were segregated by Vatican decree in 1995, and now belong to the neighbouring Roman Catholic Diocese of Barbastro-Monzón, a merger of former dioceses. They have been claimed by Aragonese institutions ever since.
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