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San Pietro in Banchi

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Address: Piazza Banchi, 16123, Genoa, Italy
Phone Number: +39 010 247 2506
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STUNNING APSE

This is a beautiful little church, built in the 16th century. The exterior, with its now faded frescoes would have been glorious in its day. The outside gives no indication of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed June 17, 2016
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Adelaide, Australia
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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2016

This is a beautiful little church, built in the 16th century. The exterior, with its now faded frescoes would have been glorious in its day. The outside gives no indication of the treasures within. The walls inside are covered in white marble, while the apse, oh, the apse is stunning and has its fare share of marble with numerous reliefs.... More 

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2016 via mobile

Surrounded by several bank branches, it is no surprise at all that the foundations of this little church are home of several shops.

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East Grinstead, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2016

We did not get to go in but it is situated in the Medieval part just behind the Pizza Banchi. Unusual story of how they raised the money to build it by building on top of shops.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2016

We came upon this church as we were shopping - it is in a very good local shopping area. It is a small church, but quite breathtaking - worth a visit.

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Lafayette, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2015

Sadly this small waterfront church is rarely open anymore. Inside are the most unusual angels of any church I've been in. Try to get in if you can catch it open.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2015 via mobile

We didn't go inside this church, but the Piazza where this is located is quaint and beautiful. They sell old books, music and flowers in the Piazza and we also came across a nice looking sweet stall and cake shop. Plenty of cafes dotted around and worth a visit, be careful of the people selling on the street here. Keep... More 

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Almere, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2015

Chiesa di San Pietro in Banchi is located at Piazza Banchi. When exploring the old city of Genoa, we passed this interesting square. Both the square and the church are related to the old trading history and the money exchange stalls under the porticoes of the buildings at the square. Banchi is Italian for bank. The church was built in... More 

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Bermuda
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2014

It is a small church located in a small piazza that's a short walk from the quay. Whilst small, it is quite ornate on the inside and is worth a visit.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2014

Small but the inside is dripping with stuff. Standing with your back to the door at the top of the entrance steps looking over the small courtyard area gives some idea, l guess, as to what it might have looked like 400 odd years ago. Those going to the church would have had just this view when leaving: and they... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2011

San Pietro in Banchi was originally built very close to the port and the gates of the city. Over the years, reclamation works has pushed it further inland. In the 16C, some people wanted to build a church but the city administrators said there was no money for that, so some enterprising souls decided to build a church with shops/money... More 

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