Basilica of Saint Anthony

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11 Piazza del Santo, Padova, Italy

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Maurizioago Maurizio…
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Basilica of Saint Anthony. Jan 27, 2017
Basilica del Santo has been an important pilgrimage destination since the thirteenth century. Its construction begun in 1232 to house the tomb of saint Anthony. It was completed in 1307. This church is located on the site where since 110 there was a church. This was incorporated into the basilica and now it is one of the chapels; the Chapel of the Black Madonna (Madonna Nera). Beside this chapel there are several other ones. One of these; the Chapel of Treasure, houses some body remains of saint Anthony. Its tongue, the vocal chords and jawbone. The Cappella dell' Arca hosts the the saint' s body. The church has four cloisters; three of them are opened to visitors.

This church is huge. It has eight domes and a couple of bell towers. It is very decorated with frescoes inside.
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Vipin Vipin
691 reviews
Highly decorated wonder Apr 05, 2011
The basilica was constructed during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries and took around 70 years to build. The basilica is decorated to a high level and the fact that the art ranges from the fourteenth to the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries at least is quite special. Other highlights of the basilica include the areas dedicated to Saint George and Saint Anthony and the magnolia in the courtyard that is rather statuesque and dates back from 1810! No photography is allowed inside. This basilica is well worth visiting after you are done visiting the key sights in Padua (Scrovegni Chapel and Baptistery of the Cathedral).
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mn4262 mn4262
39 reviews
Dec 29, 2006
La Basilica di Sant'Antonio a Padova, conosciuta dai padovani semplicemente come il Santo, e la più importante chiesa della città e una delle più grandi e visitate al mondo. Non è comunque la cattedrale patavina, titolo che spetta al Duomo.

Architettonicamente sfugge ad una definizione stilistica, un gigantesco edificio unico al mondo. É caratterizzata da una perfetta armonizzazione di diversi stili: la facciata romanica, gli archi gotici, le cupole bizantine, i campanili che richiamano l'arte islamica.

La costruzione della Basilica comincia nel 1232, un anno dopo la morte di Sant'Antonio, e si protrae fino al 1310. Il corpo del Santo era stato sepolto, come da suo desiderio, nella chiesetta di Santa Maria Mater Domini, accanto al convento da lui fondato nel 1229. É questa chiesa il nucleo da cui parte la costruzione della Basilica che la ingloba come Cappella della Madonna Mora.

La piazza antistante ospita lo splendido monumento equestre al Gattamelata di Donatello.
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