Basilica di Santa Giustina, Padova

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    Basilica di Santa Giustina

    by oriettaIT Updated Feb 3, 2011

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    Founded on VI century it was an important monastery until Napoleon supressed it in 1810. Now the monastery is reopened. It is held by Benedectine monks and famous for the books restoring workshops they have. The same order of monk also take care of the Abbazia di Praglia, about 15 km outside Padova in Teolo directions. I have a tip about this too in the Off the beated path section.
    It houses some saints tombs and paintings.
    There are a historical library opened to people.

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    Basilica di Santa Justina

    by hundwalder Updated Mar 20, 2005

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    Construction was started in the 13th. century shortly after the neighboring basilica di Santo Antonio was started. Because this basilica had a lower construction and budget priority than Sn Antonio, it took about 300 years to complete, and the planned facade was never completed. That is the reason for the plain appearance.

    The basilica has eight Byzantine style domes. Sorry that you can only see five of them in my photo. All eight can be seen in my other photo. The Veneto architects of the 13th. century had recently perfected the art of dome building, and were to eager to squeeze as many of them as possible into Padova's basilicas, and into their more famous cousin, basilica San Marco in the nearby big bully capital city of Venice.

    The basilica contains the remains of numerous saints.

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    by suvanki Updated Dec 8, 2008

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    Arriving in Padova, on the way to my hotel, my taxi had driven past this impressive church, which I'd presumed was the Basillica of San Antonio - The Saint of Padova.

    The bus I'd caught back into the city stopped nearby, so I jumped off and headed into this cool, light and airy church. It was a while before I realised that this wasn't the Basillica San Antonio. (in fact I never got to see inside that place) but I quite liked the atmosphere in this Church of St Giustina - or St Justine.

    The outer facade of the entrance door is quite a plain red brick wall in contrast to its domed roof reminiscent of the mosques in Istanbul!

    Entering through the door, I was surprised to find myself inside a large, light and airy church with stone columns and a tiled floor. It has 3 aisles, 8 domes and is in the shape of the Latin cross.
    Just inside the entrance is a large wooden cross.

    Originally built in the 5th C on the tomb of St Justine, its main Romanesque/Gothic construction was begun in 1498, being completed in the 16th century. During the 15th Century, this Basillica and Monastery was one of the most important spiritual centres of the area.

    Many saints are buried here including Justine, Prosdocimous, Maximus, Urius, Felicita and Julianus.

    St Mathias the Apostle and the Evangalist St Lukes relics are here too.

    Napoleon suppressed activities here in 1810, and it didn't re open until 1910.

    This church is worth visiting for its many paintings including 'The Martyrdom of St Justine' by Paolo Veronese.

    Open Mon-Sat 07.30 - 12.00 15.30 - 18.45
    Sun 07.30 -12.40 15.45 - 19.45

    Free admission

    Guided tours on request. There are taped guides near the entrance 1 euro (2007)

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    Basilica di Santa Giustina

    by call_me_rhia Updated May 7, 2003

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    santa giustina: the fa��ade

    This basilica - which at the beginning (and oce again) we mistook for Sant' Antonio - is one of the churches I liked most in Padova. It was build in the 16th century and - while the architecture of the roofs is complex and ornated, the façade is wonderfully simple. Some statues and the main door were added a long time later its foundation, and I appreciated the choice of choosing them as simple as the façade. In the whole it seems very light - and very captivating.
    The basilica is open weekdays 8 AM - 12 PM and 15 PM - 18.45 PM and weekends 7 AM - 12.45 PM and 15 PM - 19.45 PM. Entrance, obviously, is free.

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    Basilica di Santa Giustina - Interior

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 1, 2005

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    In the church there are two interesting altars: the 'San Luca' Altar, from the 14th century in the left nave, and the 'San Prosdomio' Altar from the 5th century, in the right nave. This latter one is the most ancient Christian monument in Padua. These two altars reflect the long history of this church. There is also a wonderful work by Verones: "The Martyrdom of Santa Giustina" (1575) along with Barroque works by Luca Giordano and Sebastiano Ricci. More photos can be seen in one of my travelogues.

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    Santa Justina

    by prleprle Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Basilica of Santa Justina/Basilica e Abbazia di S. Giustina is another huge church in the town. Outside it's very similar to Basilica di San Antonio with sevral domes and spires but not so rich and decorated inside. There are tombs of several Saints.

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    Basilica di Santa Giustina - Exterior

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 1, 2005

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    This large basilica on Prato della Valle was rebuilt in 1502 following 2 previous churches on the same site. It is crowned by 8 cupolas (domes) and has 14 side chapels. Beside the church is a famous monastery of the Benedictines, which dates from the 9th century; in the 15th century a reform of the order began in this convent of Santa Giustina, now used as a barracks.

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  • Basilica di Santa Giustina and Sant' Antonio

    by retama333 Written Apr 26, 2009

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    Two amazing historical sites are sadly overlooked when visiting Italy - the tomb of St. Luke, located in the Basilica di Santa Giustina, and the tomb of Saint Anthony (Sant' Antonio) located in the basilica that carries his name. Each of the churches possesses a stunning beauty. Santa Giustina overlooks Prato della Valle - one of the largest piazzas in all of Europe - encompassing a park encircled by statues of noblemen of the city. With its unfinished facade, Santa Giustina may not seem as ornate as other cathedrals. However, one step inside, and you can see the profound Byzantine and Romanesque architecture incorporated into the design of the church and the characteristic domes that cap its structure. Similar in design to Santa Giustina, Sant' Antonio is a magnificent structure, housing the tomb of St. Anthony, who, after years of seeking personal peace, found his place in Padova and fearlessly proclaimed good to the people of the city. His remains were exhumed in 1981 and some of his relics, including his bottom teeth, are on display in the chapel of the relics.

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    Basilica di Santa Giustina

    by traveloturc Updated Jan 16, 2014

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    Basilica di Santa Giustina

    The 'Basilica di Santa Giustina' was restored in the 16th century .
    It is a big and beautiful church.
    Inside this basilica you will find a wonderful work by Verones: "The Martyrdom of Santa Giustina" (1575).
    There are also Barroque works by Luca Giordano and Sebastiano Ricci.In the church there are two interesting altars: the 'San Luca' Altar, from the 14th century in the left nave, and the 'San Prosdomio' Altar from the 5th century, in the right nave.
    This latter one is the most ancient Christian monument in Padua. These two altars reflect the long history of this church...

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    Santa Giustina Church

    by Polly74 Written Aug 30, 2004

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    Santa Giustina Church from Prato della Valle

    The 'Basilica di Santa Giustina' was restored in the 16th century.
    It is a huge and beautiful church. Inside this basilica you will find a wonderful work by Verones: "The Martyrdom of Santa Giustina" (1575).
    In the church there are two interesting altars: the 'San Luca' Altar, from the 14th century in the left nave, and the 'San Prosdomio' Altar from the 5th century, in the right nave. This latter one is the most ancient Christian monument in Padua. These two altars reflect the long history of this church.

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    Basilica di Santa Giustina

    by viddra Written Jun 24, 2007

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    There are two interesting altars in the church, the 'San Luca' Altar, from the 14th century in the left nave, and the 'San Prosdomio' Altar from the 5th century, in the right nave. This latter one is the most ancient Christian monument in Padua. The altars reflect the long history of this church.

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    Santa Giustina

    by oja Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Santa Giustina

    Just to show you that Basilica is not the only church in Padova - not even the only remarkable one!

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