Basilica di Sant'Andrea di Mantova, Mantua

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One of the major works of 15th-century Renaissance architecture in northern Italy, Basilica di Sant'Andrea di Mantova is the central co-cathedral and minor basilica of Mantova. Commissioned in 1462 on the site of a Benedictine monastery (of which the bell tower remains), the building took 328 years to complete. The basilica is most famous for housing the Preziosissimo Sangue di Cristo, a relic that is believed to contain the blood of Christ. The building was originally erected in order to accommodate the many pilgrims who would flock over the centuries to see the sacred vessels. If you wish to enter the crypt to visit the reliquary, ask one of the church's volunteers. Using our international travel planner, Mantua attractions like Basilica di Sant'Andrea di Mantova can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Visit to Mantovy even after it, to see this church. From the outside, and in the midst of delights! Beautiful paintings on the walls, which are made in such a way that they give a very realistic 3D effect. For the curious to explore yet crypt. Recommend
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  • August 17, 2017
    This wonderful Church struck me so much for its Majesty and its decorated and Immaculate, that make it stand out through the color perspective games and fake outs, bogus reliefs and paintings on the walls. Admission is free.
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  • August 16, 2017
    the basilica is a monument not to be missed, cleanliness and decorum, help out in a fantastic visit.
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  • This church may not look super special on the outside (besides the dome), but you NEED to go inside, it's so beautiful and the dome has the most amazing ceiling
  • Alberti's masterpiece.
  • Very nice church!
  • Beautiful place.
  • Impressive and very delicate. The nave is spread with a coffered ceiling that ends with the central dome splendidly frescoed. At the same dome a tombolo in iron reminiscent of the reliquary of St. Longinus, visitable in the underground crypt. The column painted with Angel and floral elements have several Masonic signs typically.
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