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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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  • Part of the Mantuan circuit of places to visit; Therefore the Council to inspect it (after of course other attractions Valances).
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  • From the outside doesn't match the size of the basilica; even the posthumous dome built by Juvarra doesn't impress me much; as soon as you enter instead looks majestic and resplendent with multicolored ceiling decorations and various chapels. In the Center, the place where she was found (according to legend) the vial with the land instilled with the blood of Christ, by Longinus the soldier who hit him with a lance (another legend says that she converted and was then to die a martyr in Mantua). In the first chapel on the left (totally dark, insert coin) the tomb of Mantegna.
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  • A lot of art and architectural structure very interesting for those who want to visit it, it should be noted that from 13.00 to 15.00 is closed to the public.
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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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