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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
+39 0444 222850

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Reviewed 5 days ago 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 1 week ago

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

Thank Angela H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A must do experience when you visit Vicenza.2 euros to enter unless you are under 14.breathtaking views of the city and the alps in the background especially at sunset.lovely ambience,Italians are so stylish

Thank rushtonraver
Reviewed 16 August 2017

We loved seeing this, one of the Palladio's most famous buildings. The jewelry museum inside was beautiful. There are many cafes around the building too where you can sit and examine the building.

Thank travelhoundGreece
Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

My recommend visit, evening before sunset, less hot more calm and very beautiful sunset with panoramic view of the Vicenza city, Sitting in the sky bar with many choices of drinks and cocktails. Guaranteed best evening ever!! The ticket entrance local of Vicenza €2, out...More

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Reviewed 17 July 2017

Once at Vicenza one cannot miss visiting this attraction as it reveals the authentic arcade solutions by Palladio

Thank icavalcantifilho
Reviewed 12 July 2017

I was in Vicenza recently during the annual jazz festival. The evening concert on the mezzanine of the Basilica was wonderful.

Thank VicenzaMarco
Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

It's not free but not expensive, the bar upstair opens until night (10 pm if not mistaken) so if the museums closed we can go here last. We don't need to sit at the bar to enjoy the view because the bar was only a...More

Thank Chickeatout
Reviewed 27 June 2017

Impressive building that deserves a visit, especially if you are into architecture. Shame that it looked a bit empty the afternoon I went, it seemed as they were setting up all the things for any exhibition or cultural event. Nevertheless, both the building and the...More

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