One of the highlights of the Basilica di San Zeno are the two side wings of the entrance gate. The bronze doors there are the most preserved of the entire Roman era. The church had numerous architects who all put their own style into practice which is why many pieces of the church are from all kinds of epochs. The construction period of the Basilica for example contained both, the Romantic and the Gothic era.
There are many reliefs within the church, most of them portraying stories out of the Old or New Testament. There is for example one showing the creation of the world and another the expulsion from paradise. Furthermore, you can find a so called triptych above the altar, an into three sections divided work of art that illustrates the Mother of God.
The Basilica San Zeno Maggiore is one of the most important churches in Verona and was built between the 12th and the 13th century. Because the difficult construction progress lasted decades one can notice the transition from the Romantic to the Gothic era in its architecture. San Zero Maggiore was named a Minor Basilica in 1973, a title of honor given by the pope.
The first predecessor of the Basilica was built on the same very spot already in the fourth century. After decay the church was the rebuild by King Pepin during the 9th century. Meanwhile, under the reign of kings of the Holy Roman Empire, the monastic orders of Verona were in their absolute prime and created the Benedictine monastery San Zeno. Afterwards, the first church was rebuild towards the end of the 11th century. The Campanile, a sort of bell tower and a fortified tower were added in the following years.
- The day pass at Basilica di San Zeno is €3 making it the cheapest tourist attraction in Italy.
How to get there
With public transportation:
You can take numerous city buses to the Basilica, they stop close by the church.
You can easily walk to the San Zeno which lies close to the Adige, the river going through Verona.