The Church of St. Anastasia is one of the most impressive churches in Verona. Although it is slightly smaller than Verona's nearby cathedral (the duomo), St. Anastasia is a more impressive church, in our opinion, and more deserving of a visit.
The church was started in the 1200s and completed around 1400. For most of its history it was controlled by the Dominican monks. Its interior has some amazing artwork, including fescoes, paintings and sculptures.
There are several nice churches in Verona, but the one that stands out in my mind as I reflect back upon my trip is the church of Santa Anastasia, whose construction began at the end of the 13th century. Perhaps because the facade was never completed, I wasn't expecting the kind of beauty I found inside. The high vaulted ceiling is decorated with beautiful frescoes that bring light and originality to the church. Of course, there are many works of art by Italian masters on display in the church, and there are leaflets available in many languages that describe the most significant paintings and architectural features.
The church of Santa Anastasia is also included in the Verona Card.
Huge church found on the banks of the River Adige. Begun in 1290, but not completed until 1481, it's Gothic/Romaensque in style and Verona's biggest church. The surrounds, with the buildings backing onto the river, are some of the most atmospheric of Verona's streets, with the majority of the buildings dating from the Middle Ages.
This is the largest church in Verona, built by the Dominicans in 1290 and completed in 1481 (the front facade isn't finished).
Everything about it is impressive: the doors, a high brick bell-tower built in the 15th century, paintings of plants decorating the dome, famous holy water stoups (1 from 1495 carved by Gabriele featuring a hunchback that's said to bring good luck to all who touch his hump, and a slightly larger 1 from 1591 carved by Paolo Orefice), wonderful paintings and reliefs. It's really a must-see when you're in Verona.
The main picture's showing the larger holy water stoup known as 'Pasquino' ('Pasqua' means 'Easter' in Italian) because it 1st appeared in the church at Easter in 1591.
You can also see a part of the original flooring (1444), made up of 3 colours-white, black (the Dominican habit) and red (the martyrdom of St. Peter of Verona to whom the Basilica's dedicated).
St Anastasia is the largest church in Verona and dates back as far as 1290 AD, although most of the building work was carried out in the 14th and 15th centuries.
In 2005 the exterior was undergoing extensive restoration as can be seen in one of the photos. It is the interior that you should go and see though. From the highly decorated ceiling to the frescos on the walls and paintings in the chapels, there is much to see and admire. If you like religious art (and I must admit that I am not a great fan), you could spend hours here. There are works covering the 14th to 18th centuries with many of the frescos dating from the 15th century.
Entrance fee 2.50 euros, but you can buy a day ticket giving admission to the five churches, or use the Verona card.
The huge and lofty church of Sant'Anastasia was begun by the Dominicans in 1290 and finished in 1481. Faded 15th century frescoes and carved scenes from the life of St Peter Martyr adorn its Gothic portal. The wall up to the portal dates from the years of Castelbarco (1315-20) who also built the perimeter walls.
Inside, there are two notable holy water stoups, supported on figures of beggars, known locally as i gobbi (the hunchbacks). These figures were carved a century apart: the earlier one (on the left) dates from 1495. the church has 16 chapels with altars featuring works by Pietro da Porlezza, Danese, Cattanco, Michele da Firenze, Liberale da Verona and Giolfino. Above the Pellegrini chapel there is the famous fresco by Pisanello of St George and the Princess (1433-8).
Chiesa Santa Anastasia near the eastern turn of Riva Adige is the largest church in Verona Construction of the church commenced in about 1280 on the site of an older church. Notice that the facade has a plain austere appearance. An ornate facade was originally designed for the church, but due to dwindling funds the facade was never completed. The architecture and exterior frescoes are definately Gothic. The superimposed arches of the main entranceway are interesting. The church interior contains many classic art works.
At one end of Via Sottoriva you will come to Sant'Anastasia, Verona's largest church, built between 1290 to 1481 by Dominican Friars. It was built on top of a pre-existing church dedicated to the saint. Only the portal and lower part of the facade were completed.
The interior of the church is one of the most outstanding examples of Gothic church architecture in Verona. Its proportions and various elements of its design, however, are still markedly Romanesque.
In front of the first column facing the nave are holy water stoups supported by human figures in a crouched sitting position, known as the "hunchbacks" of St. Anastasia.
"St. George Saving the Princess from the Dragon", Pisanello's most famous fresco, used to be above the arch of the second chapel in the transept, now is in the sacristy to the left of the transept.
The view at campanile and battistero of St. Anastasia church from the bank of river Adige.
The largest church in Verona was founded by Dominicans in 1290 and completed in 1481. It is built on the site of an older and much smaller church likewise dedicated to St. Anastasia, of which nothing remains save the name.The facing of the lofty facade is unfinished and only covers the lower portion of the building on each side of the impressive portal.
Acces to the church is though the mullioned twin-ogival arched doorway. The doors are framed by gracefully fluted narrow pilasters of variously coloured marble rising to form a Gothic arch above the mullioned aperture. The carving on the architrave dates from the 14th century and resembles the decorative work on the Scala family tombs. The frescoes above, however, date from the early 15th century and are much deteriorated. The church possesses a high, mellow brick bell-tower built in the 15th century.
The Church of Santa Anastasia, from 13th century, belongs to the Dominican (Black Friar) order. It was, however, consacrated in 1471 only.
Don't miss to see Pisanello's frescoes inside of the church.
The church of Sant'Anastasia is the largest church in Verona, founded by the Dominicans in 1290 and completed in 1481.
The facing of the lofty facade is unfinished and only covers of lower ortion of the building on each side of the portal. The church possesses a high mellow brick bell-tower built in the 15th century.
Altgough a fine example of Gothic architecture, there are still various elements of Romanesque style inside the church.
Sant'Anastasia is a fine example of italian gothic architecture. You do have to pay to go in - just a euro or two but you will get a leaflet outlining the main sights in your language - hence I shall not repeat them all here. If you go you can read for yourself!
I liked the 12 impressive columns of red veronese marble, supporting the three large aisles. The ceiling and impressive patterned floor are also beautiful. Remember to be respectful when visiting the churches - often scarves are available to cover up bare shoulders if you do not have your own.
As you enter Sant'Anastasia notice two hunchbacks supporting holy water fonts - on the left and right hand sides. On is from 1495 and the other from 1591. According to superstition, touching the hump of a hunchback is supposed to bring good luck.