San Zeno Maggiore Italy

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.

Quick Facts

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249943
Names
Basilica of St. Zeno Italian
San Zeno Maggiore
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Timeline

380
Death of St. Zeno, Bishop of Verona
400
Church of San Zeno Founded in Verona
8 Dec 806
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.
963
After destruction by Hungarian invaders, the Basilica of St. Zeno is rebuilt under Saint Adalberto.
1100
Construction begins on a new Basilica of St. Zeno in Verona.
1117
A major earthquake in Verona destroys almost all progress on the Basilica of St. Zeno.
1120
Construction of San Zeno Maggiore
1387
Addition of the polygonal apse and wooden ceiling of San Zeno Maggiore, the former of which necessitates the raising of the nave.
1770
The Monastery of San Zeno is dissolved by the Republic of Venice.
1806
The Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore in Verona becomes a parish church.

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