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Chiesa degli Eremitani

Piazza Eremitani 9, Padua, Italy
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Ranked #14 of 82 Attractions in Padua
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural

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Chisinau District, Moldova
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

We lost the definition of time in this museum. Not only the church was magnificent, and has a very interesting story, but the museum accompanying it is also breathtaking. Beautiful pictures and sculptures make you forget the era you live in!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Visit at the same time as you visit Giotto's famous chapel. The sad part being that it was an allied bombing raid during WW2 that virtually destroyed the place (there are photographs showing the damage). The restoration work still continues so help to clear your conscience by leaving a donation!!

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Brisbane, Australia
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62 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

My title might be a bit over the top but it hurts when you see the beautiful frescoes that were destroyed. What a tragedy!! In my opinion, even with the wonderful re-build, the frescoes will never be the same again. In my eyes, the original creations are gone forever. Congratulations on the reconstruct of the Church and it has been... More 

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Oldham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

This large and attractive church was actually destroyed in WW2 but reconstructed. One of the greatest treasures of the Renaissance was severely damaged, the frescoes of Mantegna in the Ovetari Chapel. Fortunately they were photographed just before the bombing and now their ghosts are there with fragments emerging from the pale background. Genuinely wonderful!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This is a beautiful church that was almost destroyed during a WWII air bombardment and was magnificently reconstructed, a must when visiting Padua.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

The church is next door to the Scrovegni Chapel. If you visit there--as you really should--it is worth stopping by to see this church also. Nothing makes it stand out particularly among the scores of magnificent churches in Italy, but it is moderately interesting and it only takes a few minutes to walk over and walk through it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

This church is next to the entrance to the Scrovegni chapel complex. Maybe not worth a special hike across town but if you are going to the Scovegni it is worth looking at this church also. It is dark and serene and had its own very powerful sacred feel. It is interesting to see how they pieced together Mantegna's frescoe... More 

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Padua, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

Knowing it was bombed during the war makes one think of how much of this beautiful city was destroyed in that time . The restoration effort is nothing short of miraculous having taken many years . Its well worth the visit to see the frescoes that remain and to get a feel of a very ancient monument , important in... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

Chiesa degli Eremitani (Church of the Hermits ) is a 13th century Augustinian church very near the Scrovegni Chapel. It was illustrated by a large number of Mantegna's frescoes , which were destroyed during an Allied bomb attack during World War 2. Some fragments remain and there has been a valiant attempt at restoration in one corner of a Chapel... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

This church has a large airy feeling, and it is amazing how well it has been restored since being bombed in WW2.

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