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. Use our Mantua online journey builder to arrange your visit to Basilica di Sant'Andrea di Mantova and other attractions in Mantua.
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  • I've travelled all over Italy, and this is one of my top churches based on the extensive 3D artwork. You see some of this on the ceiling at the Vatican museum, and in some other churches, but this one...  more »
  • All what we see looks like marble and instead is painted. Absolutely a Majesty not to be missed. Pleased to be entered.
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  • Impressive renaissance/baroque cathedral perhaps more interesting architecturally than the nearby Duomo.  more »
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  • Beautiful baroque basilica but almost nothing of original interiors survived inside. Admission is free but any donation is welcomed and highly appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take non commercial photo without flash light.
  • Well worth a visit! Great food, great service. Don’t jump past the page of antipasti!!!!!
  • A really fantastic church. The Trompe L'oeil paintings on almost every surface are really quite stunning. The cuppola and lantern in particular are spectacular. It's fantastic that a place like this is free. Note that there is a tour of the crypt available until 11:30am. I think this may be free too but I arrived just a few minutes too late.
  • 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
  • Nice church, it even contains an ancient organ.
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