Basilica della Santissima Annunziata del Vastato, Genoa

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The Basilica della Santissima Annunziata del Vastato is a Catholic cathedral in Genoa, northern Italy; its decoration employed the major baroque studios and artists in Genoa in the 17th century.It is named Vastato because the area where it was built was outside the walls of the city, in an area where houses had been demolished (devastated) for defensive reasons. In Latin, vastinium referred to a safety belt within the protective bastions.HistoryThe church was begun by the Franciscans in 1520 in a site previously occupied by the small church of Santa Maria del Prato, belonging to the Humiliati. Works were however halted in 1537, and in 1591 the Lomellini family continued the reconstruction, directed by Taddeo Carlone.In the early 17th century the rich Baroque decoration was executed, with Andrea Ansaldo in charge of completing the works, and in particular the dome. The current Neoclassicist façade dates to 1830-1840s, designed by Carlo Barabino. The church was damaged by Allied bombings during World War II.Interior decoration of the naveArtists responsible for the interior decoration include Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione with St. James defeats Moors; Giovanni Bernardo Carbone (GBC) with St. James opens Coimbra gates to King Ferdinand; Valerio Castello with Martyrdom of St. James and St. Peter christens St. James, Giovanni Domenico Cappellino with Preaching of the apostle, Domenico Piola with Martyrdom of the saint, Giovanni Lorenzo Bertolotti with Aurelio and Giovanni, Aurelio Lomi with Daughters of Zebedee introduce Jesus & saints.
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  • Genoese cathedrals and churches are something delicious and this church is no exception. From the outside it is very modest and can surprise only in size, but inside a luxurious decoration. It is obligatory to visit.
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  • Not even in lonely planet but my favourite church in Genoa .. and there are some beautiful ones. The ceiling is just extraordinary  more »
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  • Beautiful basilica. One of the most intricate works inside.m true classical feel to the place and on a grand scale too.
  • Stunning place to spend 10 min... quiet and peaceful .. superb images painted on the walls ... and a sin box for those who need it 🙄🤣
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