Chiesa di Santa Maria in Organo, Verona

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Santa Maria in Organo is a Roman Catholic church in Verona, Northern Italy.
The church's origin dates to the 6th–8th century, at the time of the Ostrogoth and Lombard dominations in Italy. The original convent was destroyed in Napoleonic times. The church was rebuilt after an earthquake in 1117. It once faced a branch of the Adige River, now grounded.
From the 14th century it was a parish depending from the Patriarchate of Aquileia, to which it belonged until its dissolution in 1756. In 1444 it was sold the Olivetan Benedictins, who held it until 1808. The monk Giovanni da Verona executed the tarsias of the wooden choir, and designed the bell tower, finished in 1533. In 1534 five bells were cast in the scale of F, the first peal in Italy. They are rung with Veronese bellringing art.
Starting from 1547 a Romanesque-Gothic façade, in white marble, was begun, designed by Michele Sanmicheli; this has remained unfinished. Among the other possessions, the Abbey held the church of Santa Maria Maggiore of Gazzo Veronese.
The interior is on the Latin cross plan, with a nave and two aisles. It houses a rich collection of paintings, with works by Girolamo Savoldo, Domenico Morone, Francesco Morone, Antonio Balestra and Guercino among the others.
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  • Located within a 30min walk of the Arena on the east side of the River Adige.We visited this church having had it recommended to us for its marquetry by a guide book.The marquetry was not immediately....  more »
  • We wandered into this church as it was on the way to Teatro Romano. It is free to enter and we were provided with a short, guided tour by an English speaking tour guide (other languages also...  more »
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  • A must visit. Santa Maria has beautiful paintings and a beautiful wooden statue of Jesus on a donkey. The highlights however are the Fra Giovanni inlaid wood pictures,inside the sacristy. Incredible pespective and artistry. The crypt is also well worth a visit. Santa Maria is now part of the New Jerusalem group which means that personal guided tours by knowledgable docents are often available. Its well worth the effort to come when the tours are available.
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