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Colleoni Chapel (Cappella Colleoni)

Near Santa Maria Maggiore, Bergamo, Italy
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Ranked #6 of 74 attractions in Bergamo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites
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Melbourne, Australia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Superb Venetian influenced art and tapestries - make sure you go inside! Free entrance to an ornate, gilt lined, lovely little find for unintentional tourists like we were

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

To quote a historicist: "Colleoni himself erected a monument which transcends his personality in an ideal sphere". A Christian mausoleum inspired by paganism.

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London, United Kingdom
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15 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Built to house the tomb of Bartolomeo Colleoni, a Soldier of Fortun who became Captain General of the Armies of the Republic of Venice. In the early 16th Century he was the most powerful man in Europe. He stopped the war between Venice and the Grand Duchy of Milan. Famlihs the see ware between the 2 countries faught on Lake... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

This is a room next to the Basilica where a famous nobleman and commander in chief of Venice decided to be buried. He seized and destroyed part of the sacristy of the church in order to make room for him and his daughter's burial site. No photography allowed inside.

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Ithaca, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

.. the ornamentation on Cappella Colleoni is so busy that it detracts from other architectural attractions in Piazza Vecchia and Piazza Duomo. Take it in slowly and visit the other structures too. The interior of this chapel is worth the visit too -- the tapestries and artwork are noteworthy.

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Huntingdon, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

There's not much to see it has to be said. Maybe I've seen too many renaissance rulers parked on a fine horse to be impressed. It's worth popping in since there's plenty to see in the area.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

It is quite small church, you can see it in 5 minutes. It is interesting because the paintings look from different eras. Colleoni was the big man from Bergamo and built this chapel for him. The big Bergamo's church is just next door, so it is easy to find this one.

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Como, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Part of the whole Piazza experience in Bergamo high town, this is a wonderful example of the sheer ostentation and egotism of Renaissance rulers. It does irritate me that it closes in the middle of the day though.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

If you see nothing else, see this! This chapel was built in the 1470's by Bartolomeo Colleone as his mausoleum. Colleone was a mercenary captain in Venice (who controlled Bergamo), whose equestrian statue by Andrea del Verrocchio, can be seen outside SS Zanipolo in Venice. he outside of the chapel is lavishly decorated with different colored marble in intricate arcades... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Imagine, if you can, a pink-and-white marble chapel, with a ceiling painted by Tiepolo, and adorned with sculptures, high columned walls, creating a far-from-gloomy but a light and joyful resting place for a soldier whose chapel it is. And he is astride a gilded horse above his own tomb. It is located on the Piazza del Duomo and will enrich... More

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