The Rotonda

In this chapter we discuss one of the most prestigious and sumptuous works of the city, the Blessed Virgin of Soccorso, also called the Rotonda.

The Blessed Virgin of Soccorso, also called The Rotonda, is a religious building located in Rovigo, known for its octagonal shape and for historical-religious events related to the evolution of the city.

Simple and harmonious, the sacred temple was built between 1594 and 1613 by the engineer Francesco Zamberlan from Bassano Del Grappa, friend and collaborator of the architect Andrea Palladio, with the aim of venerating an image of the Madonna to which various miracles were attributed, including the liberation of Rovigo from pestilence.

Surrounded by a portico with a sloping roof, it is supported by columns of the Tuscan order in which the most important episodes of the city’s history are engraved in tombstones.

The interior presents walls covered with paintings and sculptures that make it a compendium of seventeenth-century Venetian art, including the works of artists such as F. Maffei, A. Celesti, G.B. Pelizzari, P. Muttoni, A. Varotari.

Do not miss the precious organ of the famous Venetian organ teacher Gaetano Callido and the sumptuous high altar in gilded wood, which frames at its center the venerated image of the “Madonna of Soccorso”, to which miraculous gifts are attributed.

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