La Commenda di Pre
La Commenda di Pre
4.5
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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The Commenda di Prè is a complex of two beautiful churches, located one on top of the other: a medieval diamond of outstanding beauty. Built in 1180 by the will of Friar Guglielmo of the Knights of St. John – which later became the Order of the Knights of Malta –, the Commenda became a place of support and assistance for pilgrims and crusaders travelling to or from the Holy Land. Among its illustrious guests were two Popes: Pope Urban V, passing through Genoa on his way to Rome in 1367, and Pope Urbano VI, who settled there for over a year between 1385 and 1836. After forty years of restoration work, in 2009 the Mu. MA reopened the Commenda to the public, organising a “museum-theatre” exhibition with the strong message that “Nobody should feel a stranger in Genoa”. A multimedia instalment animates the ancient walls, bringing back to life the characters of Genoese, Latin, Frankish, Muslim, and Jewish medieval history.
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Neil D
purley surrey55 contributions
Friends
This knight templar hospital/church was on two floors and told the story of the knights returning from the crusades setting up a hospital to cater both for sick people and pilgrims. Very interesting but it would have been even better if there was an option to put the audio/visual pieces into english.
Written November 3, 2012
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giorgiocannella
Rome, Italy813 contributions
Solo
A place of welcome for pilgrims and sick with the original architectural structure of 1180.
In the ground floor - where pilgrims were welcomed leaving for and returning from the Holy Land - you can see the reconstruction of three beds where the pilgrims were sleeping.
Climb the stairs and reach the first floor ventilated by a portico and facing south to be warmer.
It was intended for the hospitalization of the sick.
In medieval Europe these constituted important health innovations deriving from Arab culture.
Do not forget to see the rooms of the medieval kitchens that served about 100 meals a day and the reconstruction of a medieval garden called "The Garden of the simple ones".
Written August 13, 2018
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland17,309 contributions
Dates back about 800 years old and close to the railway station. Right beside the anchor church on the right. Worth a stop off.
Written September 17, 2019
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AnnArborMHT
Genoa, Italy1,652 contributions
Friends
As an American, living in Genova, San Giovanni of Pre is a bit difficult for me to review, because I haven’t learned enough Italian to take full advantage of this unusual museum and the multimedia presentation. There is enough written in English to give you a good understanding of the purpose, history, use of the building, crusades and needs of the pilgrims arriving in Genova and how they were helped and treated in this hospital/hostel. But the real information is presented by actors, prerecorded and presented in media boxes, when sensor lights go off as you walk by, the actors start to talk. It’s all in Italian or with Italian subtitles, so it can be a bit frustrating if you don’t understand Italian. Still the building, its history and the small medieval garden full of fragrant herbs and spices, is worth a visit. It was renovated and turned into the current “museum theatre” in 2009, so it’s well kept inside, however there wasn’t another person there while I visited! As another reviewer mentioned, although it is near the port area, nearly across from the Galata Museum, the area is sketchy, dirty, doesn’t really feel very safe and there are lots of men loitering in this area. I have walked this way many times before and haven’t had problems, but it isn’t the most welcoming area of Genova. Overall, if you know Italian, this could be a very interesting museum or if you enjoy the very well preserved building, dating back to 1180AD and would like to learn more about the pilgrims and crusaders, it might interest you. It’s a very nice attempt to educate in a pleasant atmosphere. No gift shop, food or drinks on site. Pleasant and helpful staff at reception.
Written August 25, 2011
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Mike K
Phoenix, AZ1,325 contributions
Couples
Given its maritime history Genoa has a collection of historic buildings close to the Old Port. The Commenda reflects the commitment to provide a place of sustenance to ancient travelers. No wonder so much wealth settled here
Written November 14, 2019
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Galeno78
Milan, Italy113 contributions
A great example of romanic building. Inside there' a museum and I was thinking about it...; but a member of the staff said that it was not possible look around - and i had to PAY! ... goodbye tourism.
Written March 15, 2015
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Bruce H
Brisbane, Australia1,531 contributions
Couples
Not a very inspiring building and then becomes less so with presentation in Italian when I do not speak the language. Nevertheless it was interesting enough and the written information [in English] got me through. But it was hard work.
Written January 22, 2015
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Sarah K
Edmonton, Canada1,018 contributions
Couples
As English tourists almost nothing here is translated. The whole space is very barren. Though the building itself and its history are very interesting, there is nothing to see here.
Written September 24, 2019
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