Basilica Palladiana, Vicenza

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    Basilica Palladiana

    by Diana75 Updated Oct 25, 2006

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    Basilica Palladiana
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    Basilica Palladiana, also known as Palazzo della Ragione, is the symbol of Vicenza. With its white Piovene stone loggias the Basilica was in fact built in two stages, although seems to be a single building.

    The building partially collapsed in 1496 and in 1546 the reconstruction was then attributed to Andrea Palladio, but was not completed until his death.

    His design for the loggias, composed of a series of windows, is called Serlian windows.

    On the right side of the building, a staircase, adorned by statues of Albanese, Grazioli and Rubini, brings to the loggia opened in the large gothic room.

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    Lower loggia of Basilica Palladiana

    by hundwalder Updated Mar 31, 2005

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    View of the lower loggia of Basilica Palladiana. The brick cielings of both lower and upper loggia have a repeating pattern of arches intersecting at right angles. The ceiling arches blend with and complement the wall arches in a most harmonious manner. The loggia of this larger than life basilica clearly demonstrate the genius of the father of Palladian architecture, Andrea Palladio. The loggia were designed largely to provide structural support for the much older basilica encompased by them. I have never seen structural support with more geometric beauty and asthetic appeal as these 450 year old loggia.

    The stairway shown in the apparently far distance is one of two stairways to the upper loggia.

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    Basilica Palladiana closeup

    by hundwalder Updated Mar 31, 2005

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    Eastern half of basilica Palladiana

    A closeup image of the east half of basiica Palladiana showing more detail of this architectural masterpiece. This will give you some appreciation of how immense the basilica is. Only so much can be shown in a photograph. Seeing the basilica one's self is an unforgetable experience.

    The loggia pattern is repeated around the entire periphery of the building and on both levels. Palladio was the creator of the truncated ellipsoidal roof, and the 400 year old blue copper roof of this basilica was the first such roof ever constructed. This same style of roof now covers many large old as well as modern buildings, including domed stadiums.

    Notice the three Italia flags besides each set of columns on the upper loggia. This photo was taken in May of 2004, when Italiano military veterans were being honored throughout the country.

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    Basilica Palladiana and Torre di Piazza campanile

    by hundwalder Written Mar 28, 2005

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    basilica Palladiana and Torre di Piazza campanile

    Basilica Palladiana was the first of many major architectural projects of one of the greatest architects of all time, Andrea Palladio. Actually the central part of this basilica is a late Romanesque building that was structurally very unstable. Palladio was commissioned to design the magnificent loggia that encompases the older building. Palladio's two sets of loggia provided much needed structural support for the core building. Palladio was as skilled at structural engineering as he was at architecture.

    Palladio was the creator of the ellipsoidal shaped truncated roof, and the light blue roof of this basilica was the first such roof ever built. It is the perfect structural design for large span roofs and has much asthetic appeal. Many large modern buildings incorporate his design. The roof is made of arched wooden trusses covered with corrosion resistant copper sheeting.

    The balastrade of the roof is adorned with statues of ancient Roman gods and mythology heroes.

    Construction of Torre di Piazza Campanile commenced in about 1230, about the same time as the original basilica. Most of the campanile is of the original Romanesque design, although the upper sections and the dome were built in the 16th. century by Palladio himself. Thanks to the structural genius of Palladio, the tower reaches an unheard of height of 86 meters. Needless to say it is visable from all over the city.

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