Duomo Vecchio di Brescia
Duomo Vecchio di Brescia
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Alessandro F
Milan, Italy26,392 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Also called " La Rotonda " because of its round layout, is a Romanesque co-Cathedral stand next to the New Cathedral. It is a beatiful Romanesque round church built in the 11th century.
You can see the level of the oldest square of the city if you look beside the church.
Many level can be seen upon entering the Cathedral togheter with a heatvenly backgrouund music and a pleasant smell of incense. At the entrance you can see the red stone sarcophagus of Berardo Maggi (1245-1308) bishop and first lord of the city
The circular core of the church is far below the entry point and gives you the immense size of the circular part. Many finds from the old early Cristian Basilica are visible in some display cases as the ancient crypta even further down, it is the oldest Christian find in Brescia beacuse is dated back in the 6th century.
Going up on the right side you can see the chapel of Guardian Angel with a beatiful painting made in 17th century by Antonio Gandino.
Behind the circular nucleus there are the transpet two beatiful chapels and the main altar all full of frescoes and beatiful paintings made between 15th and 17th century.
Written March 17, 2020
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antomik2014
Brescia, Italy1,141 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Family
Take the time to visit this Amazing example of Roman architetture and you'll not be disappointed
Simple but stunning the interior and the shape of this building Will not disappont!
Written May 18, 2019
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Gerry G
Crawfordsville, IN4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Couples
The old Duomo is mostly underground and is spectacular - well worth a visit. But I'm writing to warn others of the ZTL Zona Traffico Limitato zones in Brescia. I was merrily driving around Brescia trying to find the best way back to my b&b oblivious to the ZTL zones. A few months later we got 4 x 40 euro charges on the CC from Avis and those are just the Avis admin fees .... Fines to follow ..... Yikes .... Driver beware.
Written October 4, 2016
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Suuz V
Schoonhoven, The Netherlands245 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Solo
This place is absolutely beautiful! You can walk around the duomo and from every side the view is just as beautiful!
Extra tip: visit the shop Coins and go to the 3rd floor. There is a cafe with a beautiful view over the duomo!
Written September 8, 2020
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PaulB
Maastricht, The Netherlands3,127 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Both the Old and the New Cathedral are standing next to each other on the Piazza del Duomo in central Brescia.
The Old Cathedral (Duomo Vecchio) is also called:
- 'La Rotonda', because of its round layout;
- The 'Winter Cathedral (the New Cathedral is the Summer Cathedral).
- Co-Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta.
It's a Roman Catholic church and one of most important examples of Romanesque round church in Italy..
Construction of the current church started in the 11th century on the site of a prior church with a basilica layout.
It has a circular shape that became rare after the Council of Trent.
In the 19th century, many additions to the original medieval building were removed.
The entrance portal is one later addition remaining.
It contains the medieval Crypt of San Filastrio, in honor of the beatified Brescian bishop.
Near the entrance, rests the sarcophagus of Bishop Berardo Maggi (1308) made of red marble.
The Duomo Vecchio contains several pieces of art inside and is well worth a visit.
Entrance is free (take notice of the opening hours, because the chirch is closed all afternoon.
Written September 20, 2019
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World Prof
Buffalo Grove, IL174 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
If you are tired of seeing churches in Europe that all start looking the same, this is still worth a visit. Located on a charming plaza, the old Romanesque cathedral is sunken half underground from street level giving it a unique ambiance. Ancient origins can be viewed, and several mosaic floors have been laid fee and made visible. the newer section behind the high altar is presently being restored, but sections of frescoes have been already beautifully restored. The crypt is also with a visit. We were pleasantly surprised by this church.
Written June 9, 2019
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vessi80
North Lanarkshire, UK1,080 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
The old cathedral known as 'Rotonda' because of its shape is stunning outside and in.
Take the time to really look 'round' as it's full of monuments, tombs and paintings .
Magnificent main altar and organ. Don't forget the crypt as well !
Written May 21, 2019
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Damiana Luzna
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Business
It is worthy to visit this excellent building. It is also opened in good time and it is in the middle of the city. Just recommended.
Written May 20, 2019
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Mach N
Cheshire, UK162 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018
A visit to Brescia has to include a visit to the Duomo & the Rotunda (two separate entrances and two separate experiences). The Rotuna has many steps, but a lift is available to assist access.

The shear grandeur of the buildings and the ceiling fresco's have to be seen. Beautiful architecture. I would recommend doing a little 'Google' research on the history of each place before visiting however, to fully appreciate the construction and its place in the past of Brescia.
For the fluent Italian reader, there is a small lower crypt accessed by stairs, close by the main alter of the Duomo - here there is a posterised presentation of the cathedral history.

This is an important place to visit, and shouldn't be missed.
Written October 25, 2018
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piergiacomo c
Moab, UT12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015
unique medioeval round church in northern italy. Stay there in a working day, sit down and listen to the peoples who were there 1000 years ago.
Written September 15, 2015
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