Saint Anthony's Basilica, aka "Il Santo" (The Saint) is the most important church in Padova and in the whole region, if we consider that Saint Mark's Basilica in Venice works more as a museum than as a church...
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It is all I can do to keep myself from pronouncing this man's name like the Central American country, but his is evidently a revered Venetian Republic commander and has nothing to do with Guatemala. Apart from his personal history, this is a magnificent bronze statue said to the first one of size cast since Roman times. It was done in 1453 by Donatello and stands just outside St. Anthony's Basilica.
The Basilica of St. Anthony houses his remains and has attracted pilgrims for 800 years. It is also a place where you can turn around a couple of times and see Donatello statues and reliefs at every turn. The interior is graced by a huge Donatello crucifix and his bronze statue of Mary with six saints over the altar. And it is sitting on a base filled with Donatello reliefs. And of course, the grand equestrian Gattamelata bronze dominates the square in front of the Basilica.
This lovely cloister dates from the 15th C and features the intricate well head from that century by Giovanni Minello.
I persuaded the lovely nun in the photo to leave with me!
......a must see:
- Altar of the Reliquaries
- operas of Donatello in Presbytery
- beautifully designed inner yards of the basilica
- ordinary life activities of the priests
The basilica is huge complex and there are alot of things to see around.
The Basilica of St. Anthony is one of Padua's most famous tourist attractions. It was built in the 1200s after the death of St. Anthony, a native of Padua. The basilica's architecture is a mix of romanesque and byzantine styles, with its exterior featuring a number of domes. The interior's highlights are the tomb of St. Anthony, the altar (which features sculptures by Donatello), and a number of small side chapels that contain beautiful paintings and sculpture. One of the side chapels, the Treasury Chapel, contains a number of relics of St, Anthony. St. Anthony's tomb was originally located in a small church, which was subsequently incorporated into the basilica as a side chapel. Hundreds of religious pilgrims pray at the tomb everyday and leave notes attached to it.
Basilica di Sant'Antonio di Padova is probably the number one tourist stop in Padova. Bus loads of pilgrims visiting relgious sites in Italy stop here, arriving from all over the world. The interior of the basilica is very beautiful, includes relics on view, a museum, book shop, and a garden.
Expect to spend at least two hours when visiting the famous site.
It is important to make the most of your visit to research a little about St. Anthony and why people come to this place of history/religion.
Without daylight saving: 6.20 - 19.00
With daylight saving: 6.20 - 19.45
St Anthony was a Portuguese friar, born about 1195. Arriving in Padua in 1228, he stayed briefly and then travelled about Italy and France preaching. He returned to Padua in 1231, where he died of dropsy. Pope Gregory IX canonized him in 1232.
His remains are entombed inside this great basilica, built in his honor. Completed in the late 13th century, it is one of the most impressive churches in Veneto. It is filled with art treasures, notably works by Tommaso and Matteo Allio, Camillo Boito, and Bartolomeo Mugini.
The Basilica della Sant'Antonio is an extraordinary architectural Gothic Byzantine work, with seven cupolas and bell towers resembling minarets. It contains 2 more magnificent works by Donatelo, the main altar with stories of the miracles of St Antonio and the 12 bronze reliefs with scenes from the Old Testament.
Locally known as "il Santo", this Basilica is the main attraction in town, actually we stopped in Padua just to visit it. But don't you think it is the main cathedral in town, even though is the most famous one.
There you will find the remains of St Anthony and his beautiful marble cuffin. Visit the tresury chapel where you'll find his tongue and jaw all surrounded by golden decotarion, pretty impressive!
Note to the single ladies:
It is believed that if you pray with devotion to St. Anthony, you'll find a couple. I already prayed so, let's see if that is true! :)
This is one of the finest frescoes and done by Altichiero de Zevio. There is the painting of the death of St. Lucy from 1379-84, and holds the tomb of Saint Giorgio and a fresoce form 1385 of his beheading. The ceiling is the most magnificent, however, with Saint John the Baptist at the mid circle and surrounded by saintly people.
Padova is famous for its saint, Saint Antonio, known as The Saint (Il Santo). This is in fact where his grave is preserved.
The impressive Basilica complex also houses famous works of art, including three frescos by Tiziano and eight sculptures by Donatello.
This Basilica, also known as the Santo’s Basilica, is a 1232 work. It has eight Byzantine domes - similar to the domes of the San Marco’s Basilica, in Venice. It is one of the more richly decorated basilicas in Italy.
Construction of Basilica di Santo Antonio commenced in AD 1230 shortly after the death of Santo Antonio. This was a fast track project that was completed in only 70 years compared to hundreds of years for its sister basilica di Santa Justina. The basilica was built largely to hold the remains of Santo Antonio, and to serve as a pilgrimage center for admirers of the departed saint. Pilgrims from around the globe continue to flock to the basilica to pay their respects and hope for a saintly miracle or two.
Interesting side note: When it was noticed that dead Sn Antonio's tongue was decaying very slowly, a barber / surgeon removed his tongue and larynx, and they have been on display adjacent to his tomb ever since for pilgrims to " admire ". I don't know whether a well preserved tongue is as much a saintly attribute as it is the result of a life long penchant for strong drink.
Notice the vast array of harmoniously blended architectural styles incorporated in this shrine. Almost as many Byzantine style domes as the basilica di Santa Justina. Both basilicas bare a strong resemblance to Basilica di San Marco in nearby Venezia. The subtle geometric designs in and around the domes are much more characteristic of Islamic mosques than of Catholic basilicas. The towers or spires closely resemble minerets of mosques. The windows have the double narrow arches that are characteristic of Romanesque architecture. Gothic elements also abound. Atop the highest spire of the basilica stands a golden statue of an angel calling pilgrims to the holy edifice with his trumpet.
More on this fascinating basilica in my next tip.
St. Anthony is the patron saint of Padova. You can see it on things like cakes and, of course, there is a big basilica dedicated to him. The basilica stands in a big piazza, right in the historical cente of town. When you're done with the visit, just cross the street to the little ice-cream parlour where you can have a variety of traditional, hand-made, ice-cream and granita.
known as Basilica del Santo or Il Santo this is a magnificent building, outside its eight domes gleam in the sunlight, and inside it houses a wealth of paintings and sculptures, it is the most beautiful church I have visited thus far
work started on the Basilica in 1232 the year after the death of St Anthony aged 36 and completed over 60 years later
inside the Tresury Chapel [or Chapel of the Relics] are many treasured relics of St Anthony including his tongue, jaw and vocal chords, these are housed in beautiful gold reliquaries, the one holding the Saint`s tonge dates from the mid 15th century , and the one for the jaw from the 14th. Also here is a small slver case said to hold a piece of the cross on which Christ was crucified
the Main Altar is home to bronze sculptures by Donatello, the most famous works of art in the Basilica, although everywhere you look here there are the most fabulous artworks in Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque styles
Inside, the high altar features Donatello's magnificent reliefs (1444-5) on the miracles of St Anthony and his statues of the Crucifixion, the Virgin and Paduan saints. The tomb of St Anthony lies in the north transept with large marble reliefs depicting the saint's life, carved in 1505-77 by various artists, adorn the walls around it.