Basilica di San Domenico, Perugia

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San Domenico is a Roman Catholic basilica church, located on Piazza Giordano Bruno and via del Castellano in the city of Perugia, region of Umbria, central Italy.DescriptionA church, titled the Pieve di Santo Stefano del Castellare, was present at the site since about the 5th century. Construction of the precursor to the present church, also known as San Domenico Vecchio, began in 1304, and was constructed over the pre-existing church which had become inadequate after the growth of the Dominican Order. According to Giorgio Vasari, it was designed by Giovanni Pisano That church was consecrated in 1459, and had a layout that resembled the northern-European Hallenkirche plans.By 1614–1615, the San Domenico Vecchio church was dilapidated, showing structural problems, and threatening collapse. New plans for refurbishment were implemented. The church façade retains a late 16th-century portal and is now double Baroque staircase. The interior was renovated in 1629–1632 by Carlo Maderno, and shows similarities with Maderno's design of the nave of St Peter's in Rome, except San Domenico has small lateral windows.Of the prior San Domenico church, some fragments remain: the cloister (1455–1579), the chapel of St Catherine, and a large Gothic rose window (21 x 8.5 m) near the choir, executed by Bartolomeo di Pietro and Mariotto di Nardo in 1411. This window is also shown in a fresco now in the Palazzo dei Priori of Perugia. The bell tower was built in 1454–1500 by the Lombard architect Gasperino di Antonio. Originally it was taller than its current appearance, but it was later reduced for stability reasons.
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  • The Church particularly liked due to their beautiful arcade and the garden. You can relax there very nice even on hot days in the cooling...
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  • Some frescoes, interesting architecture and a beautiful canopy in the choir but other churches offer so much better in Perugia! a detour to do going to or leaving the Museum. The neighborhood is interesting because it offers another aspect of the city.
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  • The Church of San Domenico, I found it very austere and simple. I did not appreciate even the mummified bodies inside the cabinets. Instead if you continue a bit you will find the cloister which is part of the first floor of the archaeological museum and which houses many Etruscan small urns. Nice pit in front of the Church whose surface is covered with ferns.
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  • At first it looks like huge cold and abandoned place. But check out the statues and frescoes - very nice
  • Evocative place that belongs to the Beautiful Village of Perugia. Well worth the visit. Near there is the Archeological Museum.
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  • The vetrataTra the largest existing. Don't miss a visit to the archaeological museum.
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  • Recently renovated is worth a visit, together with the nearby archaeological museum
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  • Beautiful, charming, very special. Bella from near and far
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