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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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  • This church is beautiful, much nicer. Bright with works to be seen. Even the crypt beautiful
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  • A beautiful basilica, which houses not only many works from the school of Mantegna, but also the tomb of the artist. Affects the look of the visitor the wealth and sophistication of the pictorial description, intersecting with the light coming from above.
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  • The Basilica was designed by Leon Battista Alberti 1472, the dome was added in 1732 to designs by Filippo Juvarra. The symmetrical façade is designed on the principle of a Roman triumphal arch. The large central arch is framed by Corinthian pilasters that extend the full height of the facade, with a pediment above. Inside, it has a Latin cross plan, covered with unique once in a fight with coffers. The side chapels are framed by an arch; very beautiful paintings and decorations. In the crypt are preserved two relics and also in the Basilica is the chapel of Mantegna.
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  • Alberti's masterpiece.
  • Very nice church!
  • Beautiful place.
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  • Stupendous basilica designed by Leon Battista Alberti's ' genius ' 70 400 on clear imprint of the Renaissance. Project then crippled by a redundant architecture interior decoration linear architectural precepts absolutely contrary to. The façade is the first impressive example of transposition of the Roman triumphal arch, of memory, of a facade of the Church. Must see and do not miss the umbrela in connection of a vaulted ceiling caisson vault of the nave with the facade Gable. @gargio76
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