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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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Piazza Dei Signori, 36100 Vicenza, Italy

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I toured northern Italy last year just traveling and site seeing. We went to Milan, Vicenza, Verona, and Venice. We toured through Cittadella, Padua, and Bassano Del Grappa. There is nothing special about the whole area. There are similar mountains, country sides,...More

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Reviewed 24 October 2017

This building express the art of Palladio and the city where he created the most of his works. You can walk inside on different floors on wide galleries. When we were there this building was hosting an interesting exhibition of Van Gogh.

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Reviewed 22 October 2017

When we here in September it was a pity we could not visit the museum because they were preparing the Van Gogh exhibition. However we decided to go up to the roof terrace at the end of the day to pat least enjoy the beautiful...More

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Reviewed 19 October 2017

We were lucky to find a very good exhibition of Van Gogh drawings and some paintings, for we had only expected to see their permanent collection. But whatever is showing here, the space is wonderful and the architecture a joy to experience.

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Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

A stunning building that houses both a place for temporary exhibitions (we saw Van Gough) and The eclectic jewelry museum.

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Reviewed 29 September 2017 via mobile

Ok. Suggest to visit Andrea Palliadio museum. Civic museum of Vicenza across from the theater Olympico

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Reviewed 27 September 2017

Fabulous old monster with fascinating history, lots of nooks and crannies and great places to shop, eat, drink in the archways.

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Reviewed 19 September 2017 via mobile

We were lucky enough to visit on the night of the festa La Rua. Free concert in the Piazza, drinks on the terrace, lightning in the distance. This is why we travel.

Thank Peter S
Reviewed 15 September 2017

This is a lovely and huge square surrounded by stunning architecture designed by the architect Palladio.

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Reviewed 5 September 2017

This is a most outstanding basilica with Doric and Korinthian columns. The structure is just perfect. A work of are by Paladino the great architect of Vicenza. Yo a S.

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