Basilica di San Antonio, Padova
In 1256 Pope Alexander IV granted a special Indulgence to anyone who contributed to the completion of the new church begun by the Minor Friars of Padua. The Papal indulgence was valid for six years and on April 8 1263 the sarcophagus of the Saint was moved from Santa Maria Mater Domini to the new church where it was placed under the third dome.
The courtyard of the Basilica Di Sant' Antonio is very beautiful. A lot of trees and plants embedded in the ancient architecture. There are also some nice sculptures or carvings here too. The basilica itself inside is also very ancient and beautiful.
The major altarpiece is among the highlights of this – one of the most impressive of Padua – religious building. Created by no one less than Donatello (and his pupils, to be fair to them) between the years 1443 and 1450, this altar (in warm golden and blackish colours that) tells the story of the miracles of Sant’Antonio in bronze.
Besides the miracles of Sant’Antonio, there’s also a picture in bronze of Virgin Mary with Jesus Christ as the Child on the throne, circled by various Saints and all this is surmounted by a cross. A complicated structure indeed….
The Basilica faces the Piazza del Santo square that (in summer at least) is full of tourists and small souvenir vendors. While it’s a place worth hanging around to watch people, I (having not that much time) preferred watching the facade…
28 meters high and 37 meters long, it incorporates the elements of both Romanesque and Gothic architecture – a sign that it was built when the transition between styles was happening in Europe.
It has pretty austere Romanesque forms together with several elements of purely Gothic style: like 4 blind sharp arches, a rose with stained glass, and (a more rare thing!) a gallery. Don’t miss the bronze doors as well – but no one entering is likely to do this :))
One of the most exotic churches I have ever seen. I'd rank it third in the exotic line after Sagrada Familia by Gaudi in Barcelona and Basilica of San Marco in Venice. Though thinking of it, it looks somewhat similar to the highlight of Venice. Same Byzantine cupolas do the trick, I guess…
The Basilica of Sant'Antonio, featuring besides the cupolas, also several minaret-like towers, was built in 1232 (pretty old, this!) to house the body of the namesake Saint - one of the Portuguese followers of San Francesco.
With yellowish and reddish bricks, cupolas in grey-white, and bizarre Gothic and Romanesque forms I'd call it the sight to see in Padua.
A note: Unfortunately, you can not take photos inside.
The Basilica di S. Antonio is one of the real highlights of Padova, and also an important Italian pilgrimage place. The building is stunning: a blend of Romanesque, Gothic and Byzantine style.
Outside and inside the basilica has seen many changes since it was first built in the 13th century: new elements, frescos, stuatues, bas-reliefs and marbles were continuously added: someone described the basilica as a Noah's Ark of Art. Some artists who have contributed to embellishing the tomb of Saint Anthony are: Altichiero da Zevio and Giusto dè Menabuoi (frescos), Donatello (sculptures), Giambattista Tiepolo (restoration and frescos)
Basilica of St. Anthonyis, the resting place of the Saint is the place of pilgime of Catholics from all around the world. It's really imposing and unusual Romanesque-Gothic constraction with several domes and spires.
The church of Saint Anthony is very beautiful and peacefull. Inside you will find the tomb of Saint Anthony and it is said if you touch the tomb you will have good luck, be healed, etc. It is cool to read the hundreds of letters and pictures surrounding the tomb brought by the faithfull parishoners who ask of San Antonio's help.
Very active church, with many pilgrim visitors, consequently when I went there was a service being performed as pilgrims and tourists trapsed around the aisles, and queued to see the tongue, larynx and vaious other gory body parts of Saint Anthony !! The basilica also had a couple of beautiful cloister gardens.
The Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua is the largest church in Padua, Italy. Relics of St Anthony are to be found in the ornate baroque Treasury Chapel inside the Basilica.Visit!
A must-see in Padova. The structure is magnificient from the outside. Also tour the courtyards adjacent to the cathedral. Great photograph opportunities.