Hotel Il Granaio
Strada Cisa, 37 v. Roma, Mantova, 46047, Italy
More about Mantova
The Church of St Andrew
A special place
Palazzo Ducale:The visitor center is on the right
Broletto square, tower "del Podestà"
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SACRI VASI: Religion or myth?
Ogni venerdì santo i SACRI VASI, contenenti il sangue di Cristo e conservati nella cripta di Sant'Andrea aMantova, vengono prima esposti alla venerazione dei fedeli e successivamente
portati in processione per le vie della città, tradizione questa che negli ultimi anni ha subito una discutibile riduzione.
I Sacri Vasi per il resto dell'anno sono conservati nella cripta sotterranea della Basilica, all'interno dell'altare. Come ogni anno, il il Venerdì Santo, si ripete la cerimonia dell'apertura dei forzieri che custodiscono la Reliquia. Le Autorità civili e religiose, custodi delle chiavi, si alternano per l'apertura delle numerose serrature fino all'apertura dell'ulna.
Some drops of the blood of Jesus are said to have been preserved in the cathedral church of Mantua (Saint Andrew's) and each Good Friday they are brought out along the streets of Mantua in a procession.
These "Sacri Vasi" (Sacred Vessel) are said to had been brought to Mantua by the Roman centurion Longinus. They are preserved in the crypt below the floor of the church.
Church of St Andrew
The Church of St Andrew stands on Mantegna Square. Leon Battista Alberti conceived of this church in 1470, and Luca Fancelli built it in the 16th century. The 17th century saw additions to it, and Filippo Juvara added its dome in the 18th. This is a fine example of Renaissance church architecture.
Basilica di Sant'Andrea
See the glimpse of the majestic interior pf the Basilica di Sant'Andrea.
This great monumental interior, in Latin-cross plan, have a nave and square side chapels alternating with smaller chapels covered by cupolas. The idea of a single hall with side chapels is typical of Alberti and was later frequently adopted in 16th and 17th century architecture.
One of the smallest chapel holds the tomb of Andrea Mantegna, buried beneath the floor in 1506. On the left, next to the entrance door is the lovely bronze bust of Mantegna.
Mantova: a little lost paradise
This little city (50 000 inhabitants) is full of historical palaces, churches and buildings...you'll think to be walking back into the past of our wonderful Italy.
Curious? Give a look to my dad's website (www.a-mantova.com)...he's not a professinist but his love for the city is so huge that you'll be charmed!
Enjoy the views!
PS Mantova is being examined by UNESCO inspectors to become a WORLD HERITAGE SITE !!! It does deserve it, does it not?!
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