The National Museum Atestino is housed in the 15th century palace, which the Mocenigo family erected on the site of original castle Carrarese. Many artifacts are displayed from Paleovenetian, Roman, Medieval and Renaissance times. These valuable exibits , such as a "Madonna and Child" by Cima di Conegliano, make the museum one of the most important in Italy.
The museum also displays Roman findings from the private collections of Alessi and Contarini, along with numerous tombstones found in area of Este.
This beautiful chapel with the leaning tower is situated in the Main street, just a foot from Piazza Maggiore. I wasn't sure about the tower weather it is leaning or not, but then I asked some locals and they confirmed it is. Unfortunatelly I couldn't visit the interiors of the chapel because it was closed.
Its simple and early style of the construction may suggesting that the church was originally built before year of 1000, but the only excisting written document mentioning the church in 1026. The leaning tower remained almost unchanged in its pure Romanesque style. During its long history the church was expanded and remodeled several times. Originally the church was annexed to a nunnery but later became filial chapel of the cathedral of San Tecla.
The name Este comes from the river Adige - Athesis in Latin - that flowed across the town's territory until 589 AC, when a series of earthquakes moved its course a few kilometres to the south.
Este culture excisting from the Bronze Age, over 3000 now, to the Roman period and is located around Euganei Hills. During Iron Age Este was a major centre of the Paleoveneti. In the period of late antiquity the town was wrecked by Barbarian invasions and arose again in the Middle Ages when Azzo II d'Este built the castle.
The Este family ruled the city until 1240 when they moved to Ferrara. After them the town was ruled by Ezzelino da Romano, the Scaligeri, the Carraresi and the Visconti, until it become the part of Venice Republic in 1405. After the fall of the Republic, the town became part of the Austrian Empire until it was annexed by the Kingdom of Italy in 1866.
Since it was Sunday afternoon, the church was closed and I couldn't find out the name of it. According to the structure it must be the church from the Middle Ages. The look of the front facade indicate it as an Romanesque styles building.
There is an very interesting medieval palace, which stands a foot from the Town Clock Tower. It houses the local bank novadays. The rooftop of the building is just beautiful, in particularly the chimney designed in recognizable Venetian style.
Right opposite to it you'll find a very good sandwich-bar with resonable prices, good place to make a break..
Duomo (the cathedral), designed by Antonio Gaspari, was built in 1688, after the earthquake have destroyed the previous temple. Inside of the Cathedral worth to see "La grande pala", a masterpiece by Gian BattistaTiepolo.
It is very huge building with tall bell tower and you cannot put all of it in one picture only..
The Bell -Tower of the church "with no name", which is situated in the same street where the chapel with lining tower is.