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Basilica Di San Zeno, Italy

The Basilica of San Zeno holds the masterpiece by Mantegna, the Triptych of San Zeno (1456-1459)

The cult of Zeno, proclaimed saint by the Catholic church, has origins from the devotion of his people for the great Evangelical works carried out by the bishop of Verona. In order to hold the tomb of San Zeno a votive chapel was probably built, that was severely damaged by the earthquake of 1117. For this reason, between 1120 and 1138, a Basilica was erected, built to completely dedicate it to the patron saint and to offer him a peaceful resting place for his tomb.
A huge square opens up in front of visitors coming from Rigaste San Zeno. In front of the Basilica of San Zeno, Roman masterpiece, to the left, there is a battlemented tower with a cloister and, to the right, a bell tower of over 70 meters, symbol of the Veronese Romanesque style.
The bronze door with 48 panels is a mystery still to be deciphered. A great part of the panels tell the life of San Zeno and the stories of the Old and New Testament. The author and significance of some of the panels remain unknown.
Theinside of the Basilica, which has three naves, is a majestic introduction to the works by Mantegna, placed on the main altar. The triptych of San Zeno is only one entire area, very solemn and divided by pillars and surrounded by ornaments. The ability of Mantegna in creating perspective effects makes the Sacra Conversazione tra la Vergine e i Santi (Sacred Conversation between the Madonna and Saints) a masterpiece of all times.

Piazza San Zeno
Open every day from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.



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