Basilica di Sant’Andrea, Mantua

22nd April, 2010, we left for Bologna from Milan after the night halt there. On the way we halted at two cities Mantua and Modena. Mantua was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008 based on its renaissance planning and architecture.

Another reason to halt there was to see Basilica di Sant’Andrea, which is reputed to safeguard the Sacred Vessels that hold ‘the earth soaked with blood of Christ’. The Church closes for an hour and half midday, so we ended up spending more time in Mantua waiting for the church to open. During this period we toured the other must sees there.

The church is huge, dimly lit inside. The sacred containers are beneath a marble octagon in front of the altar. They are taken out for public display and paraded in the town every year on Good Friday. It is believed that Longinus, the Roman soldier who speared Christ on the cross, is said to have scooped up the earth and buried it in Mantua after leaving Palestine.

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25 Responses

  1. Regina says:

    Thank you for sharing Indrani.
    Enjoy a great week.

  2. Harmony says:

    hi Indrani,
    those were amazing pics and i think i need a full day to enjoy the beauty in ur blogs.thnx for sharing that.

  3. Babli says:

    Very beautiful and gorgeous pictures. I liked the last two pictures very much as they look amazing.

  4. what a fabulous road trip this one is. a once-in-a-lifetime thing. thanks for sharing with us.

  5. An incredible place, no doubt about it. Thanks for the pix!

  6. wonderful pictures! wonderful place!

  7. Carver says:

    Such an interesting post and great shots. I like all the photographs and love how the first one shows the approach to the Basilica di Sant’Andrea.

  8. Sylvia K says:

    Gorgeous captures and more incredible history! I have so enjoyed the wonderful tours you have taken us on and the fascinating information/history you have shared with us! Thank you, Indrani! Have a lovely week!


  9. Ebie says:

    Very ornate and beautiful! I love the3 natural light coming through the dome!

  10. ladyfi says:

    Fabulous pics – especially the black and white one. What an amazing trip to Italy you've had!

  11. Rajesh says:

    Beautiful shots of the church. It looks very huge.

  12. fascinating story. gorgeous photos!

  13. alicesg says:

    The first photo is very beautiful. Nice to capture the whole building.

  14. Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos

    Have a nice week,
    Greetings, Bram

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  15. Reader Wil says:

    This Church is so much more imposing than ours but both are very beautiful each in its own way.
    Thanks for your visit, Indrani!

  16. Harmony says:

    hope you are having good days there!!

  17. George says:

    This is absolutely fascinating. The church is beautiful and you did a great job of getting pictures in the dim light.

  18. maiaT says:

    Unforgettable memories of these beautiful places. Amazing photos!

  19. Shey says:

    Exquisite details inside the church. I'm in awe. This goes to my "to visit" list. 🙂

  20. noel says:


    what beautiful vistas of this city, i would love to visit here someday, the cathedral is really striking, it has a real resemblance to the interior of st peters in my observation, don't you think?

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  21. radha says:

    So calm and peaceful it seems.

  22. Manz says:

    I always feel like I'm taken on a journey when I visit your site… the third image is wonderful!

  23. Pietro says:

    Very fine shots of the basilica, splendid the inside.

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