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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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  • For me the most beautiful Cathedral of Mantova! In the historical centre right, alongside Piazza Erbe, you cannot miss a visit to this magnificent Church.
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  • Thanks to guide you will understand the reason of architecture, size, type of construction and because it took 300 years to finish it! Not to be missed
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  • To visit the crypt, with a guided tour, richiedibilie by phone. Step back in time, with references to current events.
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  • Alberti's masterpiece.
  • Very nice church!
  • Beautiful place.
  • bellissima
  • 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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