Santa Maria Antica is a small church known above all because it was the private church of the Scala Family.
The well known name of the church derives almost entirely from the private cemetery of the fourteenth century lords of Verona built in its courtyard. The impressive tombs of Cangrande, Mastino II and Cansignorio are considered one of the most beautiful examples of gothic art in Italy.
However Santa Maria Antica origins are much older, perhaps dating back to the seventh century.
In spite of its small and humble structure, the nave and the two aisles are pervaded by a mystical and austere atmosphere making Santa Maria Antica a very inspiring place. Santa Maria Antica is indeed a perfect example of Romanesque architecture in Verona, with its typical layers of tuff and bricks, the round arches and the simple columns.
For tourists accompanied by authorized tourist guide, the entrance fee for churches included in the Chiese Vive association itinerary, is 1 euro instead of 3.
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