Santa Corona Church

Vicenza, Italy

Construction on the Santa Corona church was begun in 1261 by the Blessed (Beato) Bishop Bartolomeo di Breganze to house a thorn from the supposed relic of the crown (corona) of thorns forced on Jesus during his passion. The thorn had been given to this bishop as a gift from Louis IX of France. The church belonged to the Dominican order until suppression during the Napoleonic era.

The church has an altarpiece depicting, the Baptism of Christ (1500-1502) by Giovanni Bellini. The Thiene chapel has frescos by Michelino da Besozzo, and an altarpiece depicting an Enthroned Madonna and child venerated by Saints Peter and Pius V by Gianbattista Pittoni. Other works in the church include an Adoration of the Magi’’ by Veronese, a Madonna of the Star‘ by Marcello Fogolino, a St Mary Magdalen with Saints Jerome, Paola and Monica, (1414-1415) by Bartolomeo Montagna, a canvas depicting St Anthony and friars distributing alms to poor (1518) by Leandro Bassano, and two canvases with depictions of St Sebastian and St Martin by Battista da Vicenza.

Valmarana Chapel

After the death of one of his patrons, Antonio Valmarana, likely in 1576, Palladio designed this funereal chapel. Santa Corona had already been the church were other members of the family had been interred. Ten years earlier, Palladio had designed the Palazzo Valmarana in town for the family. The chapel was constructed by 1597, and family members transferred here. While there is no documentary evidence linking this design to Palladio, it highly resembles his chapels found at the Il Redentore in Venice.

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Founded: 1261
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Alberto Agosti (2 years ago)
Vicenza's major shrine was built in 1260 to lodge a thorn off Christ's crown,hence the name. You can easily spend an hour to tour this temple,so many masterpieces are on display. Worst mistake you can make is to rush through the altars and chapels.
peter depickere (2 years ago)
Its a museum entrance is 3€
DAVID SNYDER (2 years ago)
Perhaps the most important and impressive church in terms of architectural and art historical value in Vicenza.
Cocoa Swann (2 years ago)
Really lovely. Cannot say that I would have paid to enter...good thing that Vicenza had a special priced ticket that included this church (per town's special Van Gogh exhibit elsewhere).
Ren Rent (4 years ago)
Wow.... such age and beauty
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