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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 stroll through the historic churches of Verona is a must. Each Church is $2.50 euro or $6.00 for the four historic churches of Verona (San Zeno, Cattredale, Sant'Anastasia and San Fermo). Is very worthwhile, because the churches are true museums, all very well explained and organized, with audio-guide. Worth it, is a very low price for a service of excellent quality. The Basilica of San Zeno is of Romanesque style (look on the internet the architectural styles before you go, make much more sense to visit) dating from the 4th century or v. inside the Basilica are frescoes from the 13th and 14th centuries and the crípita with the relics of San Zeno, patron saint of the Church.
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  • Not to be missed under any circumstances! A stunning Basilica and cloister built after the crypt and the forest of columns.
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  • This was a late afternoon tour of the Saint Zeno, Patron Saint of Verona, and as we were almost in the dark as the tour ended. That lead to some very unique images of the major door images (check phot...  more »
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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