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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 Basilica of Dan Zeno in Verona is a masterpiece of Romanesque art in Italy. Developed on three levels and the current structure dates from the 10th-11th century. The name of the Saint is shown in different ways: San Zeno Maggiore and San Zeno. The Basilica houses works of art such as the San Zeno altarpiece, Mantegna's triptych and the tiles of the front door. From May 1973 Pope Paul VI he raised to the dignity of a minor Basilica. A masterpiece of Christianity.
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  • This basilica is around the corner from our hotel, so it was a must. €2.50 entry per person was quite reasonable, which included a map and audio set. Well preserved frescos, sculptures and other works...  more »
  • Grand Basilica with the most wonderful ceiling , went on Sunday in December during a mass and the ceremony was a delight 
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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