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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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  • What one is otherwise so not used, namely the church buildings all serious admission will cost, is unfortunately also. Since I personally one of the richest organizations not yet with money for the preservation of Swank buildings wants to support, a clear no-go. Rather buy a book about it and see the building from the outside. Enough in my view.
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  • When you stay alone and silent in The middle of this amazing cathedral, you can feel into the famous Book of Ken Follett.... 
  • One of the most beautiful churches in Verona to visit. Do not miss the newly renovated architectural elements. Very nice to visit the cloister. Beautiful
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  • #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.
  • Awesome old multilevel cathedral which also houses tombs. There was also an exhibit of the last supper.
  • Amazing to see the church under the church.
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