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District contra Piazza Castello: photo description (Contra Piazza Castello)

District contra Piazza Castello scattered around the small square of Piazza Castello and introduces its visitors with its streets of Roman Vicenza. Here you can see two monuments in classical archaeology - Cryptoportic and the crypt of the Cathedral.

Cathedral of Santa Maria Annociata is certainly one of the most important historic and artistic buildings of Vicenza. An imposing Gothic structure is the result of at least three reconstructions of earlier buildings that took place in the 8th, the 11th and 13th centuries. It is also one of two religious buildings of the city, which had the hand of the great Andrea Palladio, in particular, in 1575, the year he worked on the door facing the counter, Lampertico. Slightly away from the Cathedral stands the Romanesque bell tower of the 9th century. Inside the Cathedral is decorated with numerous works of art, including paintings and Montagna, Maffei, Golden polyptych by Lorenzo Veneziano, the throne Yes Tadamura and Pittoni, huge sculptural altarpiece Antonio di nicolò da Venezia. Under the crypt is preserved a fragment of the ancient cobbled pavement of Ancient Rome.

To the right of the harmonious Cathedral square stands the Episcopal Palace - a neoclassical building of the 19th century work of Verda. In its courtyard you can see a real "pearl" - richly decorated Loggia Zeno work of architect Bernardino da Milano. A little further is the entrance to Cryptoportic is a very interesting structure of the Roman Empire, and the oratory of the Gonfalone del Oratorio with pictures, Zelotti, Maganza and Albanese.

Down a quiet, narrow street to the river Zitrone, you can see a number of interesting buildings such as a medieval tower Torri Loski, imposing sanctions, Ospizio dei Proti and of the Oratorio della our lady of the visitation. Once hidden from prying eyes the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, built in the late 15th century and rebuilt a century later, now open to visitors who can admire the works of Maganza, De Pierre, Marinali and Jacopo and Leandro da Bassano.

And then begins the more "touristy" and, undoubtedly, the most unusual part of the route - the so-called "Trail of four bridges, with views of houses, lapped by the slow waters of the river Zitrone. This part of the city is radically different from the "Palladian" face Vicenza and once again reminds you that, actually, at Vicenza a lot. the Trail starts at the bridge Furo, built in the 2nd century and preserved antique contraversy, pillars and two arches. It offers one of the most wonderful cityscapes.

On the other side of the river there is an area little known by tourists, despite the fact that his houses have their own historical and artistic value. For example, here is a Grand Roman theater of Berga, built in the 1st century. Once the architecture of the studied Palladio, and in the 16-17th centuries, valuable marble that decorated the theatre, was dismantled. The fragments of this marble finishes can be seen today on the Foundation of Palazzo Porto-Scaroni and the square Piazzola San Giuseppe.

Passing the Porton del Luzo - ancient towers of the medieval city walls, you can be on the area of Piazzola Gualdi, which flee in different directions cute little streets. It is worth to admire the beautiful salon of the Palazzo Gualdo to explore the chapel, Oratorio di Santa Chiara e San Bernardo and Oratorio delle Zitelle. From Piazzola Gualdi "trail four bridges" leads to the bridge of San Michele, at the foot of which is Oratorio di San Nicola 17th-century. San Michele is one of the typical bridges of Vicenza, at the same time bearing the features of Venetian architecture, as its Creator, Contini, participated in the construction of the Rialto Bridge. A few meters from it starts Barka district - the old port, first mentions about which meet in 1230, the year. Here draws attention to an interesting "layered" architecture of the hospital San Valentino and Roman bridge Ponte delle Barka.

Finally, the trail leads to Piazza Matteotti: on the left stands the Palazzo Valmarana in Trento, close to Palazzo Chiericati is Palazzetto, Giacomazzi-Trevizan is a unique example of Rococo style in Vicenza. On the other side of the square is the Bridge of Angels - Ponte degli Angeli leading to the district of San Julian with its ancient craft workshops. Its attraction is the Corte dei Roda, a number of newly renovated houses and courtyards. On the square XX Settembre is Palazzo Angarana is one of the masterpieces of the early Renaissance, and to the right of the bridge is visible the Church of San Pietro and a huge cloister with tiny Oratorio dei Boccaletti.