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“Amazing Holy Water Fonts”

Chiesa di Sant'Anastasia
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Owner description: This imposing Gothic building is the largest in Verona.
Zurich, Switzerland
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“Amazing Holy Water Fonts”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

The facade was never completed so the exterior is not as impressive as other churches. However, the interior is gorgeous. The holy water fonts in particular are quite unusual and worth a look.

Visited February 2013
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“Less over-powering than many churches”
Reviewed January 25, 2013

A huge and airy church with paintings, frescoes and a painted ceiling. it's well worth spending the time looking at the TV film of the fresco of St George and the Princess, with the original high up above your head, in order to see the many intriguing details.

Visited December 2012
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“stunning church”
Reviewed December 20, 2012

amazing frescoes and artwork inside the Church
there was a service in progress so we could not explore the whole chuch but what we saw at the back was well worht the visit. I would go back

Visited November 2012
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“Beautiful Church”
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.

Visited December 2012
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“This church deserves nothing but praise!”
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.

Visited October 2012
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