Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, Verona

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The Basilica di San Zeno is a minor basilica of Verona, Northern Italy. Its fame rests partly on its architecture and partly upon the tradition that its crypt was the place of the marriage of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. It stands adjacent to a Benedictine abbey, both dedicated to St Zeno of Verona.HistorySt. Zeno died in 380. According to legend, at a site above his tomb along the Via Gallica, the first small church was erected by Theodoric the Great, king of the Ostrogoths. Erection of the present basilica and associated monastery began in the 9th century, when Bishop Ratoldus and King Pepin of Italy attended the translation of the saint's relics into the new church. This edifice was damaged or destroyed by a Magyar invasion in the early 10th-century, at which time Zeno's body was moved to the Cathedral of Santa Maria Matricolare: on May 21, 921, it was returned to its original site in the crypt of the present church. In 967, a new Romanesque edifice was built by Bishop Raterius, with the patronage of Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor.On January 3, 1117, the church, along with most of the city, was damaged by an earthquake; the church was restored and enlarged in 1138. Work was completed in 1398 with the reconstruction of the roof and of the Gothic-style apse.
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  • Splendid basilica accessible to all for the low cost but the organization is wonderful. Upon entering a Miss kind gave us map of the basilica and remote control purposes only, I was glad to know where I was and the history of the basilica. I hope you all take example from this basilica because often the remotes are in payment information and not everyone uses them losing the better. I confirm excellent
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  • The defect if I may call it such of this basilica is getting a little out of the way but worth it get away a bit from the Center for seeing. The visit is free of charge, although in Verona this thing of churches surcharge is odd, at certain times you pay in others not. It would be understood. Once inside, don't miss the Mantegna triptych and the doors of the basilica and then take a spin around the rest of the Basilica
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  • I hadn't realised that Verona would have such a wonderful trail of Romanesque churches. This is awesome! When the oldest artwork in the church (apart from a poingant 20th century crucifixion meditatio...  more »
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  • Very cool basilica. Verona Card compatible, and just far enough away that 90% of the tourists don't make it.
  • This church is definitely worth a visit. The cloister is beautiful, the altarpiece is pretty extraordinary, and the raised chancellery is very unusual (although a lot later).
  • Beautiful cathedral. Worth a visit.
  • I visited on a pretty rainy day but even then the building looked extraordinary.
  • Very beautiful basilica with a lovely garden and surrounding area. The inside provides some great history and allows you to visit the lower levels.

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