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Arche scaligere: photos, description (Arche Scaligere)

The Scaliger tombs, located near the Church of Santa Maria Antica, represent the Gothic medieval tombs of the three rulers of Verona family Scaliger, who were in power in the 13th and 14th centuries. A model for the arches was hanging sarcophagus of Guglielmo di Castelbarco, built in 1320, and today is located the Church Santa Anastasia.

At the entrance to the Church of Santa Maria Antica you can see a copy of the Arch kangrande I della Scala, made in the form of the tabernacle - towering open extension. The original is now kept in the Museum of Castelvecchio. The author of this creation remains unknown, although many critics consider the arch by Giovanni Regina. He kangrande I - the greatest of all the rock - is depicted on the tombstone in two poses: lying in the arms of eternal sleep and sitting on a horse. The last image is made on the top of the arch. This tombstone is considered one of the masterpieces of Veronese sculpture of the 14th century.

The arch of Mastino II decorated with numerous figures of angels and saints, and the Mastino is depicted dressed in armor and seated on a horse. The construction of the arch began during the life of the ruler who died in 1351 year.

Finally, the Arch, Cansignorio, built in 1375 by the masters of Bologna, Gaspare Brouseni and Bonino da Campione, has a hexagonal shape and is decorated with twisted columns. On the faces of the gravestones you can see sculptures and bas-reliefs, and on top a statue of Cansignorio.

Despite its artistic and historical value, by the end of the 16th century the Arch was abandoned. Large-scale restoration of tombs of Mastino II have been held in 1786, and in 1839 was given up the whole monumental complex.

Near the arch rock there are graves of other members of this once powerful clan - Mastino I (Piazza dei Signori Church of Santa Maria), Alboino, Bartolomeo Alberto I (his ornate headstone repeats the sarcophagus of Mastino I and II Cangrande.