Basilica dei Santi Felice e Fortunato, Vicenza

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  • A little way outside the main centre-about a 25 minute walk that was well worth it. A little gem that has been stripped back to reveal the original, very old church. Some lovely mosaic flooring and a ...  more »
  • The Basilica - formerly Benedictine Abbey Cathedral - of the Holy Martyrs Happy and Lucky is the "Sancta Sanctorum" of Vicenza and his Diocese. Brothers of blood and even more in the common, convinced profession of the Catholic Faith, Happy and Lucky were martyred in Aquileia at the time of the persecutions that the Emperors of Rome and their "vicerè" (governors, prosecutors, proconsuls, etc.) wanted to eradicate Christianity, "illicit legacy" by decree of Tiberius and the Imperial Senate. A grand Shrine was erected, outside the walls of the city of Aquileie, in honor of the two brothers of Vicentine. The bodies of San Felice were taken to Vicenza, and it was raised near the road leading to Verona, a shrine to welcome them. This primitive Shrine was replaced by a grandiose early Christian Basilica, then remade in the pre-Roman style in Carolingian age, then after the serious damage inflicted during the Hungarian invasion, finally, after an earthquake, renewed in severe forms proto-Romanic current. At the same time entrusted to the Benedictine monks, they added their vast monastery, and the whole complex, with adjoining and pertinence, was erected in the Abbey, being the Basilica established in the Cathedral Abbey of the same, and church of the attached monastery. What we see today of the Benedictine Basilica, Sanctuary of primitive Christianity in Vicentino, is the result of a radical restoration promoted in the 20th century by the very good and unforgettable parish priest of the Sacred Place, Monsignor Giuseppe Lorenzon, who, removed the Baroque superfetations entered by the Benedictine Abbots, who wanted their Cathedral not to disfigure due to the richness of ornaments towards the Diocesan Cathedral, that of the Bishops (the Cathedral of Vicenza), brought it all back to the appearance that the same Benedictines had given him in the 12th century. Basilica plant with three aisles, the central one ending in the wide semi-circular apse. The Presbytery and the interior of the Abside are elevated above the small but evocative Romanesque crypt where for centuries the Holy Remains of the Happy Martyr were preserved. Almost at the end of the right aisle, just after the Organ, opens a Romanesque door that gives on a very short corridor, on whose left side, in the middle, opens the Martyrion in Greek, Martyrium in Latin, of Santa Maria Mater Domini. With a Greek cross inscribed in a square, tiny the apse perfectly oriented as the whole Basilica of which the Sacello is an integral and indissoluble part, Santa Maria Mater Domini is what remains of the Paleo-Christian Shrine. Note the latches of the mosaic cladding that originally covered the entire Chapel. Inside the state-of-the-art Altar, designed in the neo-paleo-Christian style, are enclosed - clearly visible - the Bones of St. Felix of Vicenza, Martyr of Christ and His Happy Novella. Portions of the ancient mosaic floor of the Early Christian Basilica, co-existed by the survivor Sacello, are visible in the central nave of the current Basilica, in front of the short staircase that rises to the Presbytery. You will notice that even here, in the San Felice di Vicenza, as in the immense Basilica of Aquileia (the mother church of Venetian Catholicism), the decking of the original building is in a position below-elevated to the current one, and this is due to the subsidence phenomena of the land that, for example, are so resoundingly evident in the Basilica of St. Francis in Ravenna (where that phenomenon is, because of the pros...
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  • Fantastic and Romanic church in the centre of Vicenza
  • One of the oldest churches in Vicenza. Very cared for and full of history. Beautiful The cult of Valentine with the feast that takes place in the square in front
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