Basilica della Santissima Annunziata del Vastato, Genoa

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The Basilica della Santissima Annunziata del Vastato is a Catholic cathedral in Genoa, northern Italy; its decoration employed the major baroque studios and artists in Genoa in the 17th century.

It is named Vastato because the area where it was built was outside the walls of the city, in an area where houses had been demolished (devastated) for defensive reasons. In Latin, vastinium referred to a safety belt within the protective bastions.

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  • We stumbled across this church by chance as it wasn't mentioned in our guide book. So glad we did because it is a real beauty and free to visit. Amazing murals, sculptures and paintings. Very opulent.  more »
  • This church’s impressive yet modest exterior hides a truly spectacular interior. Rows of Corinthian columns support a gold and fresco-clad ceiling. The individual chapels contain extraordinary...  more »
  • Beautiful basilica. One of the most intricate works inside.m true classical feel to the place and on a grand scale too.
  • Stunning place to spend 10 min... quiet and peaceful .. superb images painted on the walls ... and a sin box for those who need it 🙄🤣
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