Basilica di Sant'Andrea di Mantova

Basilica di Sant'Andrea di Mantova, Mantua

Basilica di Sant'Andrea di Mantova

Basilica di Sant'Andrea di Mantova
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DamCar65
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An absolutely magical minor basilica which is a must for any visitor to Mantua. Built in the Renaissance style it is literally covered with frescos and paintings. Incredibly impressive from the moment you walk in the door. Definitely overshadows the Cathedral – unfortunately! Ensure you allow enough time to visit it SLOWLY. On top of the usual features in many basilicas, there is an octagonal balustrade coving the altar in the crypt where a relic of the Precious Blood of Jesus is kept. According to Catholic tradition, it was brought to Mantua by the Roman centurion Saint Longinus (the one who opened Christ’s side with a lance), who had scooped up the earth containing the blood. The sacred vessels, containing the relic are carried in procession through the city on Good Friday. A beautiful place to pray and reflect – make the most of your time. Unfortunately the crypt was closed when I visited and nobody was available to open it. (Visit by reservation only on weekdays; Open Saturday 10:30 – 11:30 & 3pm – 5:30pm; Sundays 3pm – 5:30 pm). For people who believe, it will be a spiritual highlight, for non-believers it can still be a historical and artistic highlight.
Written February 14, 2020
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JVR77
St. Albans, UK128 contributions
The basilica is beautiful, very much more so than the cathedral. Unfortunately when we visited there was some sort of conference going on - anyway there were priests, nuns and lay people gathered in small groups around the interior, so it was not possible to look at the artwork or architecture near them without disturbing them. Obviously this is a problem with all churches that are tourist attractions - the churches are places of worship and it's ridiculous to complain if they're being used as such, but perhaps they should appoint some hours during the day when all the church is open to tourists.
Written September 22, 2020
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Anthony L
Aiken, SC457 contributions
After lunch, we walked to this Renaissance church which has a vast vaulted interior. We witnessed monks and monks-in training walking toward and later inside the Basilica. On the basement level we entered a chapel were a mass was in progress honoring the relic of the sacred blood of Christ which is kept in this Basilica.
Written February 21, 2020
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shamali s
Mantua, Italy18 contributions
Family
This Basilica is to be visited, for it's history and architecture, an advice please take a scarf as it is very humid inside, and at the first look it is a little dark, here is a bit of a story of this place, The Basilica of Sant'Andrea is a Roman Catholic co-cathedral and minor basilica in Mantua, Lombardy (Italy). It is one of the major works of 15th century , situated in the heart of Mantua,
In this church you can visit the sacred vases, to get more info ple ase read on the web site, http://www.liberatiarts.com/chiese/sacrivasi_eng.htm ,Longino the Isaurian (coming from Isauria in Turkey) was the Roman soldier who pierced with a lance the chest of Jesus, dying on the Cross. From his wound spouted blood mixed with water and some drops reached the damaged eyes of Longino which were miraculously healed. This miracle converted the soldier, and he took some earth sodden with the Blood of Jesus. He kept it in a little box with him on his wanderings until he came to Mantua.
The back yard of this church is not to be missed , The Basilica of Sant'Andrea is a Roman Catholic co-cathedral and minor basilica in Mantua, Lombardy (Italy). It is one of the major works of 15th century Renaissance architecture in Northern Italy. Commissioned by Ludovico III Gonzaga, the church was begun in 1462 according to designs by Leon Battista Alberti on a site occupied by a Benedictine monastery, of which the bell tower (1414) remains. The building, however, was finished only 328 years later. Though later changes and expansions altered Alberti's design, the church is still considered to be one of Alberti's most complete works. It looms over the Piazza Mantegna.
After visiting St. Andrew's , you can enjoy Many other antique buildings around, just across the road you will see one of the oldest shop buidings .
if you dont want to spend money in the restaurents , there are many bread shops (panificio) where you can buy pizzas and baked delicasies, there is a super market open also during lunch hours just near the Sociale Theatre, you can rest for a while in a park and enjoy your lunch in the bag. then go for a nice ice cream ( there is a good one just in the Piazza Erbe, you get nice Gelato and granitas too).
you will find the Public toilets in the city centre just across the circle tower, entering under the arch., next to st. Andrews basilica.

The entrance to Mantova is beautiful, you will see the skyline of ancient towers, turrets, cupolas and domes. Italian friends tell me that Mantua is known as La Bella Addormentata, a sleeping beauty that hasn't changed since the middle ages.
Go for a ferry ride on the lakes of mantua, from April to July you can also admire the lotus grove, do not forget to go around and taste some tortellini, agnoli, and the specialities with pumkin,our salamelle, sausages, fried gnocco with variety of raw ham, are delicious, a taste of lambrusco, for the sweet tooth a piece of Sbrizolona cake.
you will need a good tourist attraction map, spend 2 days or more, you can visit our palaces,museums, gardens and visit the countryside too. go for a bicycle ride from mantua to Peschiera.

Just last week the museum finaly started exhibiting the amanti di Valdaro - lovers of valdaro the human skeletons dating 6000 years back.

Dont miss the Thursday Mercato ( market place) in the city, one of the biggest markets in europe from about 8.30 a.m to 12.30 to 1p.m, you will find many articles from clothing, shoes, household items, branded items, handicrafts ect.... come to mantua and have fun!!!!
remember Mantua is a quiet city, it is peaceful, if you need more night attractions then you may have to visit a nearby city like Verona.
Written April 17, 2014
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Christopher C
Gravesend, UK182 contributions
We had very little time to visit as the basilica shut at midday so we had a few minutes. It was filled with plenty of art and splendid architecture. Wish we had more time to explore.
Written October 17, 2019
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Olivia Spencer Bower
Rome, Italy61 contributions
Solo
Mantua seems to be a place that does not entirely welcome tourists (though the locals are friendly and helpful). Certainly Mondays are worse than anywhere else, as everything is shut except for Palazzo d’Arco in the morning and Palazzo Te in the afternoon, and perhaps the Palazzo S. Sebastiano. The people in S. Andrea make it very clear that they do not want tourists polluting their holy place, vast as it is, and erect barriers across the nave a few metres from the doorway on every occasion. They ensure that the funerary chapel of Mantegna, the first on the left, is completely invisible by having no lighting whatsoever: no coin box, no nothing. The best I could do was to try to take some photos, but it was too dark for the autofocus to work even with the assistance light, so I had to focus manually by guesswork. Only by looking at the fuzzy results could I get any idea of what it was like, although I had seen reproductions of the dome, which Correggio drew on for the Camera di S. Paolo. Us this any way to treat your city’s most famous artist?
Written June 28, 2019
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Peter L
London, UK60 contributions
Couples
This is the second duomo in Mantua. It is the only one with a dome visible from the outside but it is not called the Duomo, which goes to a smaller basilica. This, however, is the better of the two. Beautiful inside and out.
Written August 22, 2017
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Tastingman
Gloucestershire227 contributions
Couples
Huge, harmonious proportions and exquisitely decorated. The trompe d'oi frescoes to the pilasters are so realistic, you have to keep on reminding yourself that they are not three dimensional. The artist plays tricks with your mind here! Then there are the fabulous frescoes within the cupola that could compete with Michaelangelo in the Sistine Chapel. Just stop, stare and wonder at the passion and skill involved in the building and decorating of this amazing building.
Written May 26, 2015
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Magellano81
Tortona, Italy41,158 contributions
Friends
No doubt, the Saint Andrea basilica is the top attraction of the city, it is located in the heart of the old town, I unfortunately when I visited the façade was completely covered in scaffolding and I could admire its splendor outside. When I entered, however, I realized the magnificence of this cathedral, in a few words a sort of huge art museum. I was impressed and fascinated by the immensity, so huge! Fantastic as frescoes and beautiful mosaics that day the cathedral was full of tourists who admired this artistic place. Not to be missed.
Written October 6, 2014
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Mike4n
Victoria, Australia36 contributions
Couples
The Basilica di sant Andrea is truly spectacular. Words cannot describe it.
There is nothing to dislike here.
Written August 7, 2014
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