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“Beautiful Church”

Chiesa di Sant'Anastasia
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Owner description: This imposing Gothic building is the largest in Verona.
Reviewed December 10, 2012

We really took some thinking time in here, so peaceful. The church's art work was incredible, the detail on the roof to perfection.

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Reviewed November 21, 2012

St. Anastasia is a large church and I wasn’t surprised to learn that it is the largest church in Verona. Built between the 13th and the 15th century by the Dominicans, it is a fine example of Italian Gothic architecture. You can walk or sit down and stare around: there are so many beautiful frescos with fascinating details.

Once you get in the church you will be met by two hunchbacks bending under the weight of holy water basin. It is said that touching a hunchback on the hump brings good luck.

In the Cavalli chapel, you can admire the beautiful fresco of “Madonna with three saints and the Cavalli family” by Altichiero dating from the late 14th century. It depicts three noble knights who entrust three members of the Cavalli family to the mother of God.

However, the most famous amongst the frescoes is Pisanello’s “St George and the Princess” (completed in 1438). You will see it quite high above the arch of the Pellegrini Chapel to the right of the altar, at a height of approximately 45 feet (as it’s said), and to me it was pretty difficult to see the fresco in details. When I returned home I found more information about the fresco as I wanted to understand why it is so famous. Looking it on the computer I was a bit surprised to know that it is a very beautiful one. The fresco was formed by two parts. On the right one, Pisanello portrays St George (with curly golden hair) at the moment when the saintly knight is mounting his horse before setting off to confront the dragon in defence of the princess. The background is dominated by an enchanting city (it is said to be the Turkish city of Trabzon) with its high towers half Gothic, half Oriental in style. Also here, in the left-hand background we see two hanged men swinging on the gallows.

It was interesting to learn that although it is still in the high Gothic tradition, the fresco has a strong perspective foreshortening which already shows first signs of the early Renaissance. It is demonstrated by the horses, one seen from behind, and the other seen head- on.

The left hand side of the fresco is so badly damaged that I couldn’t see anything. It supposed to show the dragon's lair where victims' bones are surrounded by awful animals.

It is a great experience to visit Sant’Anastasia. There is an admission fee of 2.50 Euro to enter the church.

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Reviewed November 17, 2012

The Basilica of Sant'Anastasia is really an art gallery. We were amazed by the beautiful paintings and its gothic style. It was erected in the 13th century but restored in the 19th. I think it's the most beautiful church we have ever entered. You can't visit Verona without visiting this basilica. Free entrance if you have the Verona card.

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Reviewed November 12, 2012

One of the better churches in Verona (we missed San Zeno!) - lovely celing and lots of period paintings / frescoes...

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Reviewed November 4, 2012

The outside look might be like any regular churches, but you have to see the inside part, it's lovely and amazing to be there.

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