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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  • Imposing, majestic and full of things to see, filled with art. Is a beautiful basilica, restored after the earthquake of 2009.
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  • When you enter the Basilica one can only gape, admiring its beauty and Majesty! For sure one of the most famous churches and visit of the city, you can't miss it!
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  • Well what about this place area before the ugly tragedy of years ago was one of the most beautiful places of the city well looked after well attended was really a beautiful area I know why there have been so many times there and also because I have my aunt who lived there now I know b rutta tragedy has changed a little though are doing construction but will never go on nice place a time though was and really nice!! Shame about this tragedy happen!!
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  • Restoration in record time! You have to go on like this! Lacking to complete some spaces but however already made one cannot but admire it in all its glory!
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  • Awesome venue devoid of parking nearby. The few parking spaces available in the square outside are almost always occupied.
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  • Has returned to its former glory after a fantastic restoration carried out after the earthquake of 2009
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  • One of the most beautiful churches and Basilicas of the Eagle, but not only, both of Abruzzo and Italy, a show off but not yet reopened, deserves 5 stars but until it is reopened after many years of work I leave the 3 stars.
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