Chiesa di Santa Sofia

Chiesa di Santa Sofia, Padua

Chiesa di Santa Sofia
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Religious Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 6:30 PM - 8:00 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
The area
Address

4.5
177 reviews
Excellent
103
Very good
60
Average
13
Poor
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Terrible
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johnmodesto
Modesto, CA604 contributions
Lovely old church
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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itravel s
Austria113 contributions
Gotic
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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marcbetjes
Brussels, Belgium281 contributions
good but not big
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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GloriaAnchio
Philadelphia, PA170 contributions
For those who appreciate the rare
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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Aquinasmagister
Hatfield, UK360 contributions
Romanesque gem
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
Ireland144 contributions
Quiet neighbourhood church
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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TaniaProsdocimo
599 contributions
Plain but beautiful Church.
Apr 2017 • Family
Its in one of the oldest streets in Padova, Via Altinate. It's simple but really worth stopping for a quick look if you are in the area.
Written April 4, 2017
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Shereef Ibrahim
Cairo, Egypt142 contributions
Historically interesting only
Nov 2016 • Business
Nothing wow about it, its for the history fans out there. Situated in a side street around a very busy part of Padova. Interesting but not something to amend your plans for.
Written November 26, 2016
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Brun066
Florence, Italy10,542 contributions
A detour here is required in the case of a thorough visit in Padua; but I haven't been deeply impressed
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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ridetheworld-PD-ITA
Padua, Italy8 contributions
A little "Indiana Jones's style" secret in this town!
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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Chiesa di Santa Sofia is open:
  • Sun - Sun 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Sun - Sun 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Mon - Tue 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Mon - Sat 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Wed - Sat 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM


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