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Basilica di Sant'Andrea di Mantova

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Basilica di Sant'Andrea di Mantova

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JVR77 wrote a review Sep 2020
St. Albans, United Kingdom108 contributions76 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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elwoodvogt wrote a review Aug 2020
Vigevano, Italy34 contributions8 helpful votes
We visited this basilica twice, and were fortunate the 2nd time to be given an extensive tour and oral history by one of the volunteer guides. As it was July 2020, there were very few people visiting.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Anthony L wrote a review Feb 2020
Aiken, South Carolina460 contributions131 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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DamCar65 wrote a review Feb 2020
89 contributions52 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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oslohammer wrote a review Oct 2019
Oslo, Norway5 contributions
Fantastic surprisingly beautiful and powerful artistic Basilica situated in a charming north italian city, with Market square, Basilica, a Castle and ancient towers appearing all over the place. Decent restaurants.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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