Basilica di San Giorgio Fuori le Mura, Ferrara

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Saint George's Basilica is a Roman Catholic church in Ferrara, Italy. It is called San Giorgio fuori le mura in Italian meaning Saint George's "outside the walls" because it was built outside the city walls, while Saint George's Cathedral was within the city walls. It is the oldest church in the city.HistoryThe history of the Basilica is closely linked with the origins of Ferrara. Between the seventh and eighth centuries, due to continual barbarian invasion that devastated Voghiera, the bishopric was moved from Voghiera and the location near the Po river became the first settlement for the town of Ferrara. Soon the town of Ferrara grew larger on the other bank of the Po river and in 1135 the bishop's seat was moved to the Cathedral of Ferrara in the center of the city.The Basilica was completely rebuilt in the fifteenth century by Biagio Rossetti, and in 1581 by Alberto Schiatti and further modified in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
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  • Also known as the Monastery of the olivetans is the oldest place of Catholic worship in Ferrara and is located on the right bank of the Po di Volano where once was the first nucleus of the city. Only in the twelfth century the center of political and religious life was stationed on the left bank. At the same time, the Basilica has lost the role of Cathedral, following the construction of the Cathedral of St. George. The façade of the Church was built in 1722 to designs by Andrea Farmer, who took care of the sculptural decoration. Above the aisles, there are two statues: to the left, a San Giorgio as Bishop of Ferrara and, right, San Lorenzo. At the Centre of the façade, aligned with the portal, there is a bas-relief in stone with St George Slaying the Dragon. The Bell Tower (the characteristic slope), ffu work of Biagio Rossetti, and consists of four blocks of brick. To the left of the Church, is the entrance to the cloister embellished in the Middle by a large marble well Olivetan emblem. The Interior has three naves with various altars and paintings in the aisles. The organ is impressive though recently.
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  • It is situated outside the city centre, but served by public transport. Typical medieval church with the altar of our Lady of the willow that inspires moments of prayer and reflection.
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  • It was the first church to gather our attention as soon as we arrived in Ferrara. Located outside the walls over the channel. Easily accessible by car and parking facilities. The Church inside is very impressive and well preserved and in the Christmas season takes on a further appeal. Next door is the kiosk with daily local life of the Benedictine monks.
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  • Although off the tourist routes of the historic church is definitely worth visiting, not so much artistic emergencies but for the history that characterizes it and, thanks to the Special City scenario, being a building unlike any other in style and decoration. The Church is well maintained but shame about the lighting not quite optimal and precise captions not exactly works (but at least there are). Too bad the crypt (I think is the only present in Ferrara) is not accessible.
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  • Historical place and full of charm. To make it even more magical the ancient organ restoration recently played masterfully (mainly Bach) every Sunday from master Locatelli.
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  • Historic place of my city and meeting place for young people and Scouts
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  • Before the ancient basilica of Ferrara. Wonderful church with cloister and Olivetan Benedictine monastery.
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  • Courses and resorts, lived a short walk from the monastery of the olivetans of rovigo and here I find myself home again
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