Basilica di San Bernardino, L'Aquila

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The Basilica of San Bernardino is located in L'Aquila, Italy. The church was built, with the adjacent cloister, between 1454 and 1472 in honor of St Bernardino of Siena. The corpse of the saint is guarded inside the church in a mausoleum. it was declared a Basilica Minor in May 1946 by Pope Pius XII.The earthquake in April 2009 seriously ruined the apse and the campanile. In May 2015, the basilica was reopened to the community.HistoryThe events about foundation of the church are connected to the figure of Saint Bernardino, who, although he was seriously sick, in 1444 went to Aquila to try to reconcile two adversarial groups. When he died, on the 20th May exactly on the Abruzzo's county seat, the citizens asked for and attained by Pope Eugene IVthe authorization to guard the corpse of the saint.The first period of works, frequently interrupted, began on 1454 and closed on 1472 with the realization of the cupola, which allowed the relocation of the corpse inside the basilica.Just later began the building of the facade under the direction of Silvestro dall'Aquila. When he died in 1504, the works stopped and the facade remained incomplete for over twenty years. In 1524, the job was taken by Nicola Filotesio, better known as Cola dell'Amatrice, and the church was completed in 1542.After the earthquake in 1703, the inside of the church was completely rebuilt in Baroque style by three great architects of that period: Cipriani, Contini and Biarigioni. In 1724 Ferdinando Mosca made the magnificent wooden ceiling which was painted by Girolamo Cenatiempo, who was also the painter of frescos in the chapel hosting the saint's mausoleum. In 1773 Donato Rocco completed the principal altar.
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  • It looks small from the outside but inside is anything but. Obviously still are ongoing renovations
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  • I have visited Basilica di San Bernardino soon after re-opening (after a devastating earthquake on 6th. April 2009). Beautiful cathedral!!! Restored to a genuine state with greatest care and attention...  more »
  • The basilica was completed in 1472 in honor of san Bernardino da Siena and the remains of the Saint are kept within the basilica itself, in a special mausoleum. In 1902 was declared a national monument. This beautiful religious work has been damaged by the earthquake of 2009 but by 2015 has been reopened to the public. It's definitely a monumental work to visit when you are in L'Aquila and is easy to get to. The Interior is nothing short of majestic.
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  • 15th-century basilica. To be observed especially the organ, a true work of art, and the magnificent coffered ceiling. Restored after the earthquake of 2009 and reopened to the public by 2015.
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  • One of the largest churches of the Eagle returned to its former glory after the restoration after the earthquake of 2009. Beautiful and impressive facade completely white that stands out compared to the warm colours of the surrounding buildings. Within merit attention the beautiful wooden ceiling and the large organ located above the main entrance.
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  • One of the first churches restored by an earthquake in April 2009 06 often used for concerts of polyphonic choirs and orchestras though has good acoustics.
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  • Renaissance-Baroque basilica back to his imposing beauty after the restoration after the earthquake.
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  • Beautiful. Neo-classical façade and baroque interior. Great organ. See (already restored after the earthquake of 2009)
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