The Basilica di San Zeno (also known as San Zeno Maggiore or San Zenone) is a minor basilica of Verona, Northern Italy constructed between 967 and 1398 AD. Its fame rests partly on its Romanesque architecture and partly upon the tradition that its crypt was the place of the marriage of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. It stands adjacent to a Benedictine abbey, both dedicated to St Zeno of Verona.
St. Zeno died around 371-380. According to legend, at a site above his tomb along the Via Gallica, the first small church was erected by Theodoric the Great, king of the Ostrogoths. Erection of the present basilica and associated monastery began in the 9th century, when Bishop Ratoldus and King Pepin of Italy attended the translation of the saint's relics into the new church. This edifice was damaged or destroyed by a Magyar invasion in the early 10th-century, at which time Zeno's body was moved to the Cathedral of Santa Maria Matricolare: on May 21, 921, it was returned to its original site in the crypt of the present church. In 967, a new Romanesque edifice was built by Bishop Raterius, with the patronage of Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor.
|Monday||8:30 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Tuesday||8:30 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Wednesday||8:30 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Thursday||8:30 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Friday||8:30 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Saturday||8:30 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Sunday||12:30 – 6:00 PM|
Benjamin Mann | Mar 4, 2018
I just adore this church and Verona in general. It is one of four churches in Verona that are a must. So amazing and no words can really, truly describe the architecture, the art, the history and the treasures inside all four....
John Carey | Apr 28, 2018
Beautiful Romanesque church dedicated to the patron saint of Verona. The bronze doors are a gothic masterpiece.
ljscourfield | May 6, 2018
Awe inspiring architecture although there's not that much to see, a 20 minute visit at best.
M V | Feb 22, 2018
Audio tour was very informative. Very few visitors this time of year. Don't miss it
Oleg Naumov | Oct 28, 2017
Stunning architectural and cultural monument. Cloister is very beautiful. Inside you are going to enjoy with the frescoes of XIV century. There a lot of beautiful bas-relieves of XII century. Visitors are allowed to take non commercial photo without flash light. Another must see place at Verona.
Andrea | May 30, 2018
kind of small, but very very fascinating! I've loved it!! I 'd come back!
Richard Wallace-Tarry | Jun 26, 2018
Beautiful and unusual church. Very good information provided by audioguide or leaflet included with entry. Worth getting the combined 4 churches ticket.
Augustine Baidya | Jun 22, 2018
Truly beautiful architecture. We spent a good half an hour sitting at the inner courtyard.
StillVision Photography | Jul 29, 2018
One of the 4 churches you kind of have to visit in Verona! Stunning outside and in and the altarpiece is a masterpiece.
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