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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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  • If you visit Mantova, you should visit at least a few sights, amongst those, this basilica is probably one of the best rewarding visits, especially in the summer, since it is quite cold inside, so you...  more »
  • This basilica is one of the main works of 15th- century Renaissance architecture,there is a crypt where stored Sacred Vessels with relic of Holy Blood.  more »
  • It's the a very beautiful basilica . Fantastic frescoes on the walls looking sometimes like 3D sculptures, All the interior of the basilica is overwhelming. It's absolutely to be visited if you're in ...  more »
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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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