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Basilica di San Domenico, Perugia

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San Domenico is a basilica church in Perugia, Umbria, central Italy. It is the largest religious building in the whole of Umbria.DescriptionThe church shows externally a late 16th century portal and a double Baroque staircase. The original building dates to 1304, and was constructed over a pre-existing one (known as San Domenico Vecchio), which had become inadequate after the growth of the Dominican Order. According to Giorgio Vasari, it was designed by Giovanni Pisano The church was consecrated in 1459. Based on the Hallenkirche northern-European scheme, it ruined in 1614-1615. The interior was thus renovated in 1629-1632 by Carlo Maderno, and shows similarities with the nave of St. Peter's Basilica, also by him, aside from the absence of windows. The new designed included a nave and two aisles.Of the original edifice, today the cloister (1455–1579) and a very large Gothic window (21 x 8.5 m) near the choir, executed by Bartolomeo di Pietro in 1411, remain. 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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  • Located next to the archaeological museum, the new Church of San Domenico is like all (or almost) the Italian churches: very nice!
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  • An imposing structure and how impressive his stained-glass window behind the altar, among the largest in Italy.
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  • Recently renovated, is certainly worth a visit, together with the nearby archaeological museum. Is located in Corso Cavour, one of the most scenic areas of Perugia
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  • I didn't expect this so bare, masterpieces were moved to the National Gallery of Umbria. Worth a visit if you are around there, perhaps to the archaeological museum
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  • We called looking for a priest to celebrate mass for university students and no one answered
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  • A little bare on the inside. Recently renovated
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