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Basilica Palladiana
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The Shadow of Palladio: Legends and Mysteries...
Ranked #8 of 158 things to do in Vicenza
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 18 September 2018 via mobile

4€ to go inside and right up to roof top level. Beautiful architecture. Lovely views over the rooftops and piazza. There is a cafe and bar at the top which I expect is wonderful at night.
I visited at 11:30am and it was 12 when I was on the roof and the bell was ringing, then suddenly all the bells across Vicenza were chiming. It was amazing seeing and hearing such a wonderful sound. An unplanned bonus of being there at 12.
On Tuesday when I was there it was also market day, so a good day to choose if you are able.

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Reviewed 12 September 2018 via mobile

I walk pass this Basilica all the time and it never fails to take my breath away. It is so iconic to Vicenza - it is always the first things that pops into my mind. There are many ways to enjoy the view, whether it’s eating gelato on the steps, going to the markets in Tuesday’s and Thursday’s, getting a spritz from the nearby restaurants, or just sitting and looking at it. Also love how the city lights it up for Christmas!

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Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

The climb is definitely worth it to walk around the top of the Palladio and see the many sides of Vicenza - just gorgeous. The building had a fascinating architecture exhibition when we visited, so clearly embraces innovative and interesting presentations. There is a roof top bar open in the evenings as well. Definitely worth a visit.

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Reviewed 22 August 2018

The "basilica" (not a church, in this case) also has a nice terrace with a great view over the old centre of Vicenza. The internal "salone superiore" can be devoted to some special exhibit with a separate ticket, but the staff may let you peek through the door to look at the impressive and unusual ceiling. The ticket booth only accepted cash (not sure if it is always the case).

Thank marcellos375
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Reviewed 7 June 2018 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

Thank EmilyFS
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