The Beloved Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua in Italy

Saint Anthony's Basilica in Padua

Saint Anthony’s Basilica in Padua

English: Anthony of Pedua with child Jesus

English: Anthony of Pedua with child Jesus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

St. Anthony of Padua and St. Francis

St. Anthony of Padua and St. Francis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Frescoes by Altichiero da Zevio in the St. Jam...

Frescoes by Altichiero da Zevio in the St. James Chapel. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: St. Anthony of Padua at the Indian Pu...

English: St. Anthony of Padua at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM. Note the blue habit. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Basilica of Santa Giustina as seen from th...

The Basilica of Santa Giustina as seen from the Prato. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua in Padova.

Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua in Padova. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Courtyard at Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padu...

Courtyard at Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua in Padova. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Saint Anthony

Saint Anthony (Photo credit: elycefeliz)

Saint Anthony's Basilica in Padua

Saint Anthony’s Basilica in Padua

English: Altar and tomb of Saint Anthony, at B...
English: Altar and tomb of Saint Anthony, at Basilica di Sant’Antonio de Padua. Statues by Tiziano Aspetti (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Every year on June 13th in Padua, there is a massive celebration for the Feast Day of Saint Anthony; the Patron Saint of Padua. Franciscan, Saint Anthony was born in Lisbon Portuagal in 1195 but he died in Padua. He is the most celebrated followers of St. Francis of Assisi and is usually shown holding baby Jesus.

Anthony in Capri

Anthony in Capri

He is one of the most adored saints in Italy. I even named my son after him. Most of the Catholics I know pray to him if something is lost. The basilica of Saint Anthony, designed by Nicola Pisano in Padua, was completed in 1231.

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Padua

His bones and tongue are preserved inside a special chapel with magfiicent statuary by Sansovino and Falconetto. The basilica has many cupolas and spires on the roofline.

Padua

Padua

In the piazza in front of the Basilica, there is an equestrian statue of the Venetian general Gattamelata. It was cast in 1453 by Donatello.  Near the statue, visit the 13th century St. George Oratory and the 16th century Scuola di S. Antonio with frescoes by Titian.

 

English: Sant'Antonio Basilica, Padua, Veneto,...

English: Sant’Antonio Basilica, Padua, Veneto, Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

La Basilica di Sant'Antonio a Padova, Padova, ...
La Basilica di Sant’Antonio a Padova, Padova, Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

View from the canal of the Prato.
View from the canal of the Prato. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I love the Prato della Valle, a fabulous elliptical square with 78 statues of famous citizens. The statues are displayed in two rings: an outer ring and an inner ring. Some of the statues were destroyed by Napoleon.

 

Padua

Padua

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After you visit the Basilica, have lunch and some local Prosecco at Zaaro with an entrance near the Prato della Valle. Then make sure you have tickets to see the Scrovengi Chapel with Giotto’s fabulous frescoes.

 

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Padua

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Prato della Valle, Basilica Sta Justina on the...
Prato della Valle, Basilica Sta Justina on the right in the background. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Paolo Veronese, The Martyrdom of St. Justine
Paolo Veronese, The Martyrdom of St. Justine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

Interno della Chiesa degli Eremitani a Padova.
Interno della Chiesa degli Eremitani a Padova. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visit the church of San Gaetano (1574–1586) designed by Vincenzo Scamozzi, with an interesting octagonal plan.

Stop at Caffe Pedrocchi where you can find the Risorgimento museum.

 

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ http://www.vino-con-vista.com

 

 

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