Chiesa di Santa Sofia
Chiesa di Santa Sofia
4.5
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9:30 AM - 11:30 AM, 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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GloriaAnchio
Philadelphia, PA176 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Business
There are very few churches in Europe that date from the year 1000, just as Europe was coming out of the "dark ages." This is a simple, albeit imposing, church which has recently been completely restored. Where else could one see the baptismal font where Galileo's son was baptized?
Written October 14, 2017
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ridetheworld-PD-ITA
Padua, Italy8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016
Most of Italian and foreign tourist, coming to our region and "kidnapped" by the tour guides carrying them from Romeo&Juliet's town Verona (btw the real Castles are in Montecchio Maggiore in Vicenza area, not in Verona) throughout the Casanova's one (Venice) normally make a short hop in Padova (Padua) and show St. Antony's Basilica and St. Antony's tomb and the big square Prato della Valle. The most good guides, also show the old University and the Jappelli's Caffè Pedrocchi.
But.. but.. but.. Padova has much more to offer and among those things it's Santa Sofia's church and its secret. This church is a rare example of Romanic styel in our Region (Veneto). Built in the XII Cent. and restyled in the XIVth Cent. is in its simple Romanic style hiding a rare cript with a sacrifical stone probably a rest of an ancient Temple for the God Mitra (wikipeda reports Apollo but it's wrong..). This area is open only on some days (next chance will be March 5th 2016 at 9 a.m. free admittance) but you can check in internet.
Oh sorry! you were looking for the "Indiana Jone's style" secret.. well here it is..
it's a secret! :-) and you need to dress your Indiana's hat and enter the church from the main door, then immediately take your right and look for a lonely baptismal font where a WORLD WIDE known person baptised his son in 1610 d.c.! This person is world wide known .. a copy of the baptism certificate is also there.. Enjoy!
Written February 10, 2016
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itravel s
Austria112 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
if you have intereset with history you should see, one of the oldest gotic building, inside is also should be seen
Written July 16, 2018
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Brun066
Florence, Italy13,149 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Couples
The church, at the eastern end of the ancient Padua center, is located along the "Via Altinate", that is the urban section of the road that led from Padua to Altinum, an important Venetian city in Roman and early medieval times, then fallen (while Venice, nonexistent during Roman age, then came to the splendor that everyone knows).
In fact, even Santa Sophia church (that we learn to be the oldest in Padua) tells us of a remote age (eleventh century) through its well preserved proto-Romanesque architecture, both on the façade, both in the interior, both in the apse.
However, compared to the other marvels that Padova owns, this church doesn't appear in the leading positions. Even the apse, much celebrated for its original architectural solution, seemed me more interesting than beautiful.
But it's not to overlook the fact that to get to this church you have to walk the "Via Altinate", one of the most evocative of the old Padua, fringed with picturesque porches and full of character.
Written April 22, 2016
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DFD1303
Brisbane, Australia702 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Couples
This Church is just beautiful - a completely restored place of worship which is a wonderful example of Romanesque Architecture. Hard to find such beautiful simplicity in other Churches of the 12th Century.

If in Padua you have to make time to see this.
Written October 2, 2014
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salomon v
Vancouver, Canada1,387 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Couples
Do you think a 12th century idling is old? This church was built over an ancient pagan temple. It is ot as large or beautiful as some other churches in Italy or even Padua itself, but it is full of history.
Written August 10, 2014
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johnmodesto
Modesto, CA747 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Italy is filled with magnificent cathedrals, basilicas, baptisteries, and churches, this one being well down the list of tourist must sees. That said it is free to visit, won't be mobbed with people, and is distinguished for its age, design, and architecture. Its slightly off the beaten path but the walk to it from other attractions in the city is delightful and short. Highly recommended.
Written July 8, 2019
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marcbetjes
Brussels, Belgium276 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Business
Nice church but not a very big one, small organ, only a lot off groups inside here ... Lovely paintings and ornaments.
Written June 5, 2018
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Aquinasmagister
Hatfield, UK372 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Friends
While relatively unadorned this church is beautiful with remnants of frescos and
Some gloriously wonky brickwork. It's a beautiful and simple church which is worth a slow walk round to discover stone and other features.

It is well words visit. You can buy a really good book on this church in the bookshop of the musei civic I/ musei eremitani/ scrovegni chapel
Written August 19, 2017
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emir08
Ireland137 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Friends
Not ostententacious but a very calm and simple ancient church. Love the vaulted ceilings. Visit if staying nearby - very close to Santa Sofia apartments
Written May 6, 2017
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