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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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  • The visit of the Basilica is worth the trip to Verona. Just outside of the historic center, with input from a beautiful spacious hall, San Zeno provides outside its structure in pure Romanesque, with a prominent rosette, interesting bas-reliefs and stylish pilasters that refine the façade. Inside view testimonials from various epochs but of very high historical and artistic value. Similar circles, spread over three levels, creating a scene evocative with the three naves of the Church proper, the presbytery and the forest of columns of the ancient crypt. Among the most famous works of art, you can admire the altarpiece by Andrea Mantegna, moving among the masterpieces of Italian Renaissance art, and the bronze portal.
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  • By far the most beautiful church in town! It is the archetype of the Romanesque church. On the door there is the famous bronze panels.
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  • Apart from the pleasant which gives when you get off the road, it is very suggestive of night! They cleverly lit enhancing maximally power and clean shapes. The Interior is wonderful. Rich in frescoes and fragments from different eras. Well worth the visit!
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  • Very beautiful basilica with a lovely garden and surrounding area. The inside provides some great history and allows you to visit the lower levels.
  • Worthy to do the tour. Use the audio they provide for free.
  • #1 top tourist site to see in Verona. Well worth the small fee. Note that the Basilica of St Anastasia is not quite as good but is free.
  • Beautiful roman architecture and very idylic place. Very well-preserved. Apparently this was the Basilica where Romeo and Giulietta got married. There is a large square opposite the church.
  • Just amazing! Total must see - 2,5€ entrance