The Basilica of Santa Giustina

In this chapter we discuss one of the religious buildings that have become a symbol for the Paduan, the Basilica of Santa Giustina.

The Basilica of Santa Giustina, one of the largest churches in the world, stands out majestically against the backdrop of Prato of Valle. The imposing renaissance brick building that we admire today dates back to the seventeenth century, and is dedicated to the patron saint of Padua, Santa Giustina, who was executed here in the fourth century when she was only 16 years old.

Its façade is incomplete, but it does not make it less fascinating the gigantic construction that, with its eight domes, transmits almost an oriental flavor.

Inside it houses an early Christian church dedicated to San Prosdocimo, of the 5th century, the only and most precious example of early-Christian sacred architecture in Veneto.

The altarpiece of the great main altar was created by Paolo Veronese and depicts the “Martyrdom of Santa Giustina” and, the corridor of the Martyrs, which connects the Basilica with the monastery, houses the ark of San Luca with the fourteenth-century sarcophagus containing the remains of the ‘Evangelist.

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