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    Corso Andrea Palladio

    by Sjalen Written May 22, 2005

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    Unknown palace

    Favorite thing: To me, the most cheerful part of Vicenza as it ought to be since it is the main road in the centre. Here you find shops and amongst other things a good cafe which I unfortunately cannot remeber the name of but it had an outdoor terrace and the interior is sort of green-ish. Here I really recommend that you raise your head and admire the great houses all around you. It doesn't say what half of them are called, that's how many they are. Coming from the station, this is when you begin to realise what Vicenza is about. Architecture.

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    A final word

    by iandsmith Updated Mar 6, 2005

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    A winter's day in Vicenza

    Favorite thing: I took this, relatively early in the morning, because it captured the feeling of the weather. The sombre grey tones and the ice covered fountain all leant that bleak chill to the winter's landscape.
    Attractive in its own way it probably meant more to me because I hardly ever see snow or ice, certainly not in my home town, but I can understand if you lived here all the time you would be yearning for the beaches I live near.

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    Casa Cogollo - Andrea Palladio's home

    by croisbeauty Updated Jan 7, 2005

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    Favorite thing: So- called Casa Cogollo is situated in Corso A.Palladio. You can see it on the left, right in between Tempio di Santa Corona and Teatro Olimpico. It is under the arch, tall narrow and newly reconstructed. The house have been built by Palladio between 1560 and 1570, and was his home.

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    Il Duomo - the interiors

    by croisbeauty Updated Jan 6, 2005

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    Il Duomo, the magnificent interiors

    Favorite thing: The inside of the Cathedral is one large nave and seven chapels to right and left. The crypt is reached via stairs in front of the seventh chapel.
    The choir, at the top of a large stairway, was designed by Lorenzo da Bologna, in late 1400's, and built by Rocca di Vicenza 1506-1508. The valuable altar was comissioned from Giovanni de Pedemuro and Girolamo Pittoni by Aurelio Dall'Acqua in 1534.

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    Palladio and his work - Duomo

    by croisbeauty Updated Jan 6, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The facade of the Cathedral, dedicated to Santa Maria Maggiore, looks over a small square, preventing from getting a better view.
    The facade dates back to 1467, as shown on the upper frieze, and is covered by pink and white marble in four horizontal bands. The lower part of five large arches, with the middle one containing the main door, the surround of which was built in 1782 by Calderari.
    The second band is divided into five parts by pilaster strips, with a central rose window, the third is free of detail, whilst the fourth, built in 1950, replaces the pediment destroyed by a hurricane in 1581.

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    Basilica Palladiana

    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 17, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Basilica as defined by Palladio himself means a court as known in Roman times, and the influence his visits to Rome had on the young architect are obvious in the regular arches and spaces so reminiscent of the Colosseum. Each arch is supported by a massive square pillar flanked by two semi-columns and two further small columns. The two series of loggia go right round the dome and have narrow balconies.

    Fondest memory: See the porticos of the Basilica Palladiana, take a break here during the hot summer days or warm evenings.

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    Basilica Palladiana

    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 17, 2004

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    Favorite thing: The Basilica was the first major work by Palladio and now the symbol of Vicenza. The contract to build the Loggia, the exterior part of the Basilica, was won by Palladio in competition with distinguished architects of the time, and his plans were not only to support the existing 15th century unstable Gothic building inside his elegant but strongly built Basilica, but also to include the "Domus comestabilis". This did not happen however, and the building can still be seen next to the Torrione del Tormento, one of the few examples of medieval Vicenza.

    Fondest memory: The Basilica was completed in 1617, thirty seven years after Palladio's death. It has a grandiose double order of loggia's organized in the style of Serliana or Venetian windows - now also known as Palladian windows.

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    Torre di Piazza

    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 17, 2004

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    Favorite thing: On the left of the Basilica is the Torre di Piazza, 82 meters high and 7 meters wide at the base. It was bought by the Bissari in 1226, the belfry was opened in 1311, and the top was added in 1444.

    Fondest memory: You can climb up, if you dare it, right on the top of the belfry and be rewarded by magnificent view of the town and its surroundings.

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    Torre di Piazza

    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 17, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Torre di Piazza is undoubtely one of the most impressing bell-towers in whole Italy. In my opinion, and I have seen a lot of them, it is the most beautiful aswell.

    Fondest memory: I almost had to lie down on the floor to take the picture from this perspective. The Torre di Piazza is high over 82 meters and it wasn't an easy task.

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    Basilica Palladiana&Torre di Piazza

    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 17, 2004

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    Basolica & Torre di Piazza
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    Favorite thing: The dome itself is in the shape of an upturned ship's hull, and is of cooper sheeting over wooden supports, and the balustrade is decorated with statues of mythological figures.
    Two stairways take up to the Loggia. One, facing Piazza delle Erbe, was built by Benatello around the end of the 16th century, whilst the other, facing Piazza dei Signori, is by da Milano.

    Fondest memory: The imposing Torre di Piazza, Bell - Tower of Basilica Palladiana, can be seen from every corner of the town.

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    Torre di Piazza

    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 17, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Sorry if I am insisting to show you the bell-tower from different perspectives, it is so fascinating and it deserves so many attention.

    Fondest memory: At the bottom of Torre di Piazza in a large niche flanked by two columns is a stone carving of the Madonna on the throne, with Saint Vincent and Saint Stephen from 1596.
    A passageway under the Basilica leads to the courtyard of Palazzo Podestarile.

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    The statue of Palladio

    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 17, 2004

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    Statue to Andrea Palladio
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    Favorite thing: The statue of great architecture Andrea Palladio, 1508-1580, is situated in the western part of Piazza dei Signori.
    BTW, behind the statue there is an cafe-bar which offers the best coffee in Vicenza.

    Fondest memory: Andrea Palladio's works so enriched the area, giving a new look to the town and a new direction in architecture to the rest of Europe and the whole world.

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    Palladio and his work - the Presbytery of Duomo

    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 17, 2004

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    Favorite thing: About two and the half metres below the Duomo lie the remains of an 8th century basilica and another, with no less then five naves, dating from the 11th. Just twenty centimetres under the present floor are the foundations of yet another basilica, with three naves, probably dating from the 13th century. It seems certain that on this site a sacred building existed during the Roman rle of the paleo-Christian era.

    Fondest memory: The look at the Duomo's Presbytery.
    The Duomo is very huge building and occupy enormous space, so you cannot picture it with one shot only.

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    Palladio and his work - Duomo

    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 17, 2004

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    Favorite thing: The magnificient Duomo, the Cathedral of Vicenza, is situated on Piazza Duomo which is only about two hundred meters far from Piazza dei Signori.

    Fondest memory: The cathedral, dedicated to Santa Maria Maggiore, though essentially Gothic, is however the result of work from different periods. One of the most significant was the covering of the tribune, carried out under Palladio's direction in 1565, and the construction of the dome in 1574.

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    Palladio and his work - Loggia Bernarda

    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 17, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Loggia Bernarda or Loggia del Capitanio, now the home of the town council, is located on Piazza dei Signori, facing the Basilica Palladiana. It was designed by Palladio as the official residence of the Capitanio, a military authority instituted by the Venetian government.
    Started in 1571 the building has just three arches suported by strongly built pillars in unfaced brick, a clear sign of the master of work, whereas other fancier parts of the building, the stonework and balustrades, point to the fact that during construction Palladio was away in Venice.
    The side of the building nearest Contra del Monte has a single arch and statues, as well as a stucco showing the victory of the Venetian fleet over the Turks in the battle of Lepanto (1571).

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