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“A great church worth visiting”

Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore
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Owner description: Built in 1123-35, this ornate Romanesque church features adorned bronze doors and remarkable Cloister.
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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“A great church worth visiting”
Reviewed 9 December 2013

This church was worth the modest entry fee and the not too long a walk from the city centre. It is very much a church and not a cathedral so don't expect anything too dramatic but it has a lovely spacious interior with superb frescoes rather than stained-glass windows so was markedly different from English churches. The altar chapel was stunningly beautiful and the crypt was very atmospheric. The small cloisters made a nice space and the carvings on the main facade, including Adam and Eve, were wonderful. The carved inner door was very impressive too.

Visited October 2013
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London, England, United Kingdom
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“Amazing and beautiful church/ poor progressive ritual Mass”
Reviewed 27 November 2013

O this church is so beautifully laden with ART... and it is so so old... 500 years and more! All that is missing is the immemorial sacred chant and polyphony. Unfortunately the bishop is tardy and progressive and has little respect for tradition.

Visited November 2013
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Totnes, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful and Spiritual”
Reviewed 21 November 2013

The statues of the Apostles and the colours of the frescoes add incredible ambiance to this remarkably spiritual church, which would be easy to bypass considering the many hugely ornate buildings in Verona.

Don't walk on by, it's a very special place, enter those great doors and be amazed.

Visited July 2013
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Portland, Oregon
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“Very unusual and dramatic”
Reviewed 30 October 2013

You enter this church through the peaceful courtyard area with all of its red marble columns. The bell tower can be scene throughout Verona, but this church is very special. The frescoes which date back to the 1200's have graffiti etched into them from Napoleon's troops and many others who passed this way and left their mark. St Zeno, who founded the original church here in the 300's!) is here under the altar with a silver mask. He is the patron saint of fisherman and can be seen with his pole as he was found so often in the river fishing. The bronze doors are ancient and incredible. The statues of all the apostles and Jesus are beautiful. This Basilica which is in contrast to many of the other ornate churches in Italy is a real find. Love the simplicity and the beauty. There is bus service for those who can't make the walk from the city center. Try 32! Napoleon tried to sell the church for building materials! Really!

Visited October 2013
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Milan, Italy
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“Beautiful”
Reviewed 6 October 2013

The main doors are beautiful and the ordinate carvings are amazing. The paintings on the crosses telling the story of Christ are an awesome site.

Visited September 2013
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