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Basilica of Sant'Andrea, Vercelli

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  • What about ... you can't go at Vercelli without visiting the Basilica of Sant'Andrea, a marvel of Italian architecture! I also recommend a nice tour of the outside to admire the geometry that sets it apart. Do not miss the cloister. I recommend to visit in a day of full sun to admire the colour contrasts between natural stone and concrete.
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  • Architectural and artistic complex mirabile, with Romanesque and Gothic influences: the façade with its extraordinary portals and towers is unique; the Interior is austere and monumental; the cloister is a gem, with a view of the entire complex, dome and Tower. All-seeing.
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  • We are in front of Sant'Andrea for group shots departure Monferrato-Stat to the Norwegian fjords. We have a pleasant surprise to see the great facade free of scaffolding. A restoration of note, an important church built in a short span of time from 1219 to 1227 at the behest of Cardinal Guala Balaji ... They had it in Usa ...
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  • Great basilica, had a beautiful service!
  • Abbey among the least contaminated with subsequent stylistic events (with the exception of the cloister) of the whole North-Western Italy. You fulfill the solemn reflections and absolute and of the pilgrims on the via Francigena. Basilica whose construction is assumed was Benedetto Antelami, combines Romanesque characters pavesi and transalpine Gothic solutions. Large monument.
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  • Majestic Basilica and Cloister in Vercelli The Basilica of Sant'Andrea was built in a short span of time from 1219 to 1227 at the behest of Cardinal Guala Balaji the Abbey of Sant'Andrea in Vercelli ranks today as one of the earliest examples of Gothic architecture in Italy. Above it all looms the gabled façade built of brick and stone, topped by two slender towers and decorated with beautiful round three splayed portals. On the right of the basilica was the monastery commissioned by cardinal Guala Bicchieri for monks Victorians. Of the ancient locals who still admire you must especially mention the magnificent Chapter House and cloister built in the middle of the premises of the monastery. A restructuring of the cloister in the sixteenth century affected the coverage of the corridors which originally had to submit a pitched roof supported by wooden trusses; on that occasion it was decided to re-use the balusters of the ancient cloister. The structure of the new cloister built in the sixteenth century is visible today: it can be recognized by the presence of round arches and vaults supported by columns, arranged in groups of four original resting on a single base. The capitals are in crochet, consistent with a unitary stylistic choice which also affects all columns that decorate the exterior of the basilica. The lower surfaces of the arches are the remains of painted geometric motifs and grotesque. Beautiful terracotta frames of the arches which open onto the large courtyard with a well. Nearby there is the basilica and weekends from 15.00 is open the "museo del tesoro della basilica" with religious furnishings and the room where slept Pope John Paul II during his visit to the city.
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  • I didn't have time to visit it inside. Outside is impressive for a city like San Antonio. Very nice.
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  • Abbey to visit! I highlight, compared to previous reviews, the beautiful medieval Chapter House (photos attached), the Madonna and Child by Bernardino Lanino and (in the sacristy) the crucifix "bald" of 300.
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