San Zeno Maggiore, Verona

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The most important church in Verona, San Zeno Maggiore was founded in the 5th century and rebuilt in the 12th century. It offers fine bronze doors, facade reliefs, medieval murals and many other important artworks.

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San Zeno Maggiore
Piazza San Zeno
Verona, Italy
45.442545° N, 10.979204° E
Date Published
October 8, 2013
Last Updated
April 11, 2015


  • Church of San Zeno Founded in Verona

    The Church of San Zeno is founded to shelter the relics of Verona's patron saint, Bishop St. Zeno (d. 380).

  • Death of St. Zeno, Bishop of Verona

    Death of St. Zeno, Bishop of Verona. Born in North Africa, Zeno is credited with converting Verona to Christianity.

  • Consecration of the Basilica of St. Zeno in Verona, built on the site of a smaller 5th-century church. The larger basilica was needed to accommodate pilgrims and serve a new Benedictine monastery founded by King Pepin.

  • After destruction by Hungarian invaders, the Basilica of St. Zeno is rebuilt under Saint Adalberto.

  • Construction of San Zeno Maggiore

    Construction of the present form of San Zeno Maggiore in Verona.

  • Construction begins on a new Basilica of St. Zeno in Verona.

  • A major earthquake in Verona destroys almost all progress on the Basilica of St. Zeno.

  • Addition of the polygonal apse and wooden ceiling of San Zeno Maggiore, the former of which necessitates the raising of the nave.

  • The Monastery of San Zeno is dissolved by the Republic of Venice.

  • The Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore in Verona becomes a parish church.

  • The 16th-century stairway between the nave and choir is pulled down and replaced with two side stairways. The central steps from the nave down to the crypt are also added.

  • Restoration of the presbytery.

  • Restoration of the west facade.


  1. Blue Guide Northern Italy
  2. The Church of San Zeno Associazione Chiese Vive Verona.
  3. Basilica San Zeno Maggiore
  4. Chiesa di San Zeno Commune di Verona.
  5. Verona: S Zeno Maggiore Grove Art Online.