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Santa Maria Antica: photo description (Chiesa di Santa Maria Antica)

Santa Maria Antica is one of the oldest churches of Verona, built in the late 12th century. Prior to that, in her place stood another temple, built in the 7th century, but destroyed by the earthquake of 1117. The only extant remains of the Church is a fragment of a black-and-white mosaic floor.

Built in the Romanesque style, Santa Maria Antica was consecrated in 1185 by the Patriarch Equilibrim. In the middle Ages this small Church with a bell tower played the role of the Palace chapel in the Fridge because it was located next to their family crypt. Even today it has maintained a very austere interior: walls lined with brick and stonework, any outstanding scenery completely absent. The bell tower with vertical Windows, and a brick-covered spire built of volcanic tuff. Approximately in 1630-ies of the three-aisled space of the Church was redone in the Baroque style, but the restoration of the late 19th century returned the Church to its original Romanesque appearance. The two side apses are lined with tuff and Cotto (porous tiles made of red clay, single firing), and the Central apse have preserved two frescoes from the early 14th century.

Near Santa Maria Antica, as mentioned above, is one of the main tourist attractions of Verona - Arche scaligere, Gothic tombs of the former rulers of the city. And the gravestone of the once mighty Cangrande della Scala is the most modest but also the most majestic, adorns the side entrance to the Church. Excavations conducted in the vicinity of Santa Maria Antica, found 50 graves from the 11th century.