Scalinata San Bernardino, L'Aquila

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The Basilica of San Bernardino is located in L'Aquila, Italy. The church was built, with the adjacent cloister, between 1454 and 1472 in honor of St Bernardino of Siena. The corpse of the saint is guarded inside the church in a mausoleum. it was declared a Basilica Minor in May 1946 by Pope Pius XII.
The earthquake in April 2009 seriously ruined the apse and the campanile. In May 2015, the basilica was reopened to the community.
The events about foundation of the church are connected to the figure of Saint Bernardino, who, although he was seriously sick, in 1444 went to Aquila to try to reconcile two adversarial groups. When he died, on the 20th May exactly on the Abruzzo's county seat, the citizens asked for and attained by Pope Eugene IVthe authorization to guard the corpse of the saint.
The first period of works, frequently interrupted, began on 1454 and closed on 1472 with the realization of the cupola, which allowed the relocation of the corpse inside the basilica.
Just later began the building of the facade under the direction of Silvestro dall'Aquila. When he died in 1504, the works stopped and the facade remained incomplete for over twenty years. In 1524, the job was taken by Nicola Filotesio, better known as Cola dell'Amatrice, and the church was completed in 1542.
After the earthquake in 1703, the inside of the church was completely rebuilt in Baroque style by three great architects of that period: Cipriani, Contini and Biarigioni. In 1724 Ferdinando Mosca made the magnificent wooden ceiling which was painted by Girolamo Cenatiempo, who was also the painter of frescos in the chapel hosting the saint's mausoleum. In 1773 Donato Rocco completed the principal altar.
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  • Those who come from Fortebraccio Street can appreciate the beautiful visual impact given by the wide staircase with the wonderful San Bernardino basilica on top. On the sides are 6 newsagents donated by the families who contributed to the construction of the building. The set of staircases and basilicas is very scenic.
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  • Wonder always, still in its original splendor from before and after the earthquake. The city's picturesque location.
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