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Basilica Palladiana

Piazza Dei Signori, 36100 Vicenza, Italy
+39 0444 222850
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The Palladian Basilica is a public building facing onto the Piazza dei Signori. Its name is linked to Andrea Palladio, who redesigned it, adding the famous loggias with serliana openings in white marble to the existing Gothic building. The building on which Palladio worked was the Palazzo della Ragione, built in Gothic style in the mid-fifteenth century. The upper floor is entirely taken up by an enormous hall with no intermediate supports, where the Council of the Four Hundred met. The copper-lined, inverted ship’s-hull roof was inspired by that of the Palazzo della Ragione in Padua. The Gothic facade was originally clad with diamonds of red and straw yellow Verona marble, which are still visible behind Palladio’s addition. A loggia surrounding the building was commissioned after its completion, but continually delayed due to various structural difficulties and the nature of the ground beneath. At the beginning of the sixteenth century the double order of porticoes and loggias, though not complete, collapsed. The Council called on many leading architects of the time to resolve the difficult problem of its reconstruction. They included Jacopo Sansovino, Sebastiano Serlio and Giulio Romano. The project was awarded to Andrea Palladio (1508-80) in 1549, following a competition, and he worked on it for the rest of his life. It was completed posthumously in 1614. The reconstructed building was called a basilica by Palladio himself, who had been inspired by the model of the Roman basilica for civic use. The building has three independent exhibition spaces that are used to host architecture and art exhibitions of international renown.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a beautiful building that houses various gold jewellery shops and a market is held in the square surrounding. Worth going for a walk and a look

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Basilica Palladiana is a Renaissance building in the central Piazza dei Signori in Vicenza. It’s another Palladio wonder. The architecture is amazing. Enjoy a coffee or gelato in the Piazza and marvel then go inside and take a walk to the upper balconies and...More

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Reviewed 30 April 2018

Among the dozens magnificent buildings strewn all over Vicenza by the Renaissance star architect Andrea Palladio, the Basilica is certainly the most stunning, with its loggias and marble statues. The adjacent Bissara tower (over 80 metres high) and the two St. Mark columns frame the...More

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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

This beautiful monumental Renaissance building designed by Andrea Palladio is a must visit in Vicenza. The most notable feature of the structure is the loggia. The restored building won in 2014 The European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage (Europa Nostra Award). It is now a...More

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Reviewed 18 March 2018

If you need a single reason to visit Vicenza, this is it. Entering the square the perfection of the Palladian building is breathtaking. We also wer lucky to be able to visit the very interesting Van Gogh exhibit inside.

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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

Van Gogh exhibition to reccomend! Crowdy, but good organization makes it less disturbing. There is a lot of history about the life of artist Van Gogh, it stimulates you to read more about him.

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Reviewed 18 February 2018 via mobile

One can see the Paladio's window, and his porch. Recommended if one is interested in Architecture oh the Renesance

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Reviewed 12 January 2018

I'd like to suggest that seeing the Basilica at first, at night, flood lite - the white marble glowing, the repetitive arches of the arcades creating a backdrop to the lively main square of Vicenza - the main market building of the town leaves a...More

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Reviewed 23 December 2017 via mobile

This was the second time I visited this stunning palace for an exhibition and again I was amazed by how wellkept it is. They do not build them like this anymore.

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Reviewed 11 December 2017

I visited Vicenza on a day trip from Venice on Friday, December 8 of this year. That day I understand is a big national holiday, so that was probably the root of my problem. Any major tourist site in Italy was probably insanely crowded that...More

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