Basilica di San Bernardino

Basilica di San Bernardino, L'Aquila

Basilica di San Bernardino
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Munich, Germany67 contributions
Nice location and atmosphere.
Aug 2020 • Couples
L’Aquila is a fantastic city and Basilica San Bernardino is, even though a little offsite of track, is a good place to go - especially in the evenings interesting people and many young people are hanging a round.
Written August 8, 2020
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mosesloh
Singapore, Singapore174 contributions
Beautiful Church with Tomb of St. Bernadine of Siena
Apr 2019
This is a beautiful basilica that was only reopened in 2015 after a violent earthquake damaged it in 2009. The highlight in entering this church would be the Mausoleum of St. Bernardino (or Bernadine) of Siena, which can be found at the fifth chapel to the right. Entrance to the church is free!
Written October 24, 2019
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Madgnats
Stuttgart, Germany88 contributions
Beautiful Basilica
Oct 2019
Basilica di San Bernardino survived the earthquake very well. There is very minor damage to inside of the dome. It is very light and inviting and beautiful! Great architecture and detail. One of my favorites.
Written October 20, 2019
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Marcontrip
Amsterdam, The Netherlands60 contributions
Serene spot in beautiful city
Jul 2019
As by a miracle, the church survived well the 2009 earthquake and has beautiful high decorated ceilings and the tomb of Saint Bernard which is definitely worth a visit.
Also the stairs that lead up to the Church are impressive.
Written August 6, 2019
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Katrien S
Ghent, Belgium1,982 contributions
Very impressive ceiling in the nave
Apr 2019 • Couples
This is one of the churches that has reopened after the earthquake. Inside this large barok church, the attention goes to the impressive ceiling of the nave, as well as the shrine for a local saint.
Written May 5, 2019
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TheMysteriousOne
UK226 contributions
Beautiful yet slightly eerie.
Aug 2018 • Family
The inside of this church is gorgeous. The skill and workmanship to create this building and the paintings and architecture is very talented. Some say it is better than certain Roman churches *cough*.

The time of day I visited it was eerily quiet. But it also meant I could spend more quality time looking at things in great detail and admiring the beauty of the place. You could spend a lot of time here if you wished just absorbing and taking it all in.

Definitely worth a visit if you are in L'aquila and should be high on your list of things to do (and appreciate).
Written October 20, 2018
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marishantal
Limassol City, Cyprus14 contributions
Marvelous Place!
Sep 2016 • Couples
I have visited Basilica di San Bernardino soon after re-opening (after a devastating earthquake on 6th. April 2009). Beautiful cathedral!!! Restored to a genuine state with greatest care and attention!!! Thanks to all people who were involved in the restoration process to bring back to life this marvelous cathedral!!! Words to describe this architectural masterpiece would be superficial!!! Just go there and see it with your own eyes! An absolute "Must See" on L'Aquila trip!!! Enjoy!!!
Written August 11, 2017
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alex4777
Purmerend, The Netherlands917 contributions
Impressive
Jun 2017 • Couples
It's open since 2015 after the eartquake and fully restored. Inside it's nice cool and the armotphere is magic, when seeing the mumified body of St Bernardus.
Written June 26, 2017
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tpbel
Belfast, UK429 contributions
Very moving
Jul 2016 • Family
Thus church survived the earthquake while all the buildings around it suffered. St. Bernard who rests here is said to have provided protection. Whatever the explanation, the preservation of the beautiful interior and exquisite roof is a joy to see. Don't miss.
Written July 24, 2016
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Ana C
New York150 contributions
Simply Magnificent!
Jul 2016 • Couples
This is a gem in Europe! A wonderful & rich example of the renaissance & baroque architecture marvels of the mid 1400s!
Inside, the altar, the nave (one of the longest), the frescoes, the tiled grounds & the gilded roof are to be appreciated in every detail! Not to miss the fabulous organ!
Outside, the majestic & impressive facade depicting not only la Madonna but San Bernardino & San Francesco d'Assissi, is made of stone & was started in the 1500s & rebuilt in the 1700s. One of the main characteristics is that has 3 different style layers from the bottom up: Doric, Ionic & Corinthian.
It reopened in 2015 after being partially damaged in the 2009 earthquake but now the society of L'Aquila can once again hold beautiful weddings, religious & cultural events!
A must visit!
Written July 24, 2016
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