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Gattamelata - Padova

Gattamelata

Are we in Guatemala? Basilica di San Antonio Review

It is all I can do to keep myself from pronouncing this man's name like the Central American country, but his is evidently a revered Venetian Republic commander and has nothing to do with Guatemala. Apart from his personal history, this is a magnificent bronze statue said to the first one of size cast since Roman times. It was done in 1453 by Donatello and stands just outside St. Anthony's Basilica.

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Cloister of the Novitiates - Padova

Cloister of the Novitiates

St. Anthony welcomes pilgrims Basilica di San Antonio Review

The Basilica of St. Anthony houses his remains and has attracted pilgrims for 800 years. It is also a place where you can turn around a couple of times and see Donatello statues and reliefs at every turn. The interior is graced by a huge Donatello crucifix and his bronze statue of Mary with six saints over the altar. And it is sitting on a base filled with Donatello reliefs. And of course, the grand equestrian Gattamelata bronze dominates the square in front of the Basilica.

This lovely cloister dates from the 15th C and features the intricate well head from that century by Giovanni Minello.

I persuaded the lovely nun in the photo to leave with me!

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