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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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  • 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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  • Perugia is a beautiful city, not only for the Church of San Domenico, but also for all other sights that are there, like the Fontana maggiore.
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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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