Chiesa degli Eremitani - World Heritage Site, Padua

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Stop by Chiesa degli Eremitani - World Heritage Site to view a 13th-century Augustinian church that was almost completely destroyed during World War II. Built in 1276, the structure was decorated with Andrea Mantegna frescoes, as well as work by Guariento and Forli. Due to its unfortunate location next to German headquarters, the church was bombed by Allied air strikes. Visit the restored church and observe the frescoes, which have been tediously pieced back together like a puzzle from the destruction. Admission is free. Plan your Chiesa degli Eremitani - World Heritage Site visit and explore what else you can see and do in Padua using our Padua vacation website.
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  • Free of charge. Frescoes. Wonderful wooden ceiling. Viewing available before and after the Arena. A must for Art lovers. 
    Free of charge. Frescoes. Wonderful wooden ceiling. Viewing available before and after the Arena. A must for Art lovers.  more »
  • When you enter you don't see too much decoration, but the ceiling of the church is something very special. It was built in the middle age and still it is like new. If you are interested to Mantegna... 
    When you enter you don't see too much decoration, but the ceiling of the church is something very special. It was built in the middle age and still it is like new. If you are interested to Mantegna...  more »
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  • Not the mos decorate church you can see here in Padua / Italy. But with a really interesting history and with his important history speaking.
  • Frumos. Istorie, arta, credință. The church was built in 1276 and dedicated to the saints Philip and James; it is however best known as degli Eremitani from the annexed old monastery, the Musei Civici agli Eremitani, which now houses the municipal archeology and art gallery. The chapel of SS. James and Christopher (Ovetari Chapel), formerly illustrated by Mantegna's frescoes, was largely destroyed by the Allies in World War II, because it was next to a German headquarters. There are more than 88000 fragments covering only 77 m2, while the original area covered several hundreds. Other artists whose frescoes are preserved in the church include Guariento and Ansuino da Forlì. The church contains the tombs of Jacopo II da Carrara (d.1351) and Ubertino da Carrara (d.1345) da Carrara, lords of Padua, both by Andriolo de Santi (de Sanctis) and others. They were formerly in the church of Sant'Agostino, but were moved here after that church was razed in 1819.

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