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Church of Santa Maria in Vado

Of ancient origins, the church was built near a ford (vado in Italian) that crossed one of the many canals that intersected the area.
Church of Santa Maria in Vado

Its religious importance is tied to the miracle of the Eucharist that occurred on Easter Day 1171; at the moment of consecration blood spouted from the host staining the apsidal vault above the altar. It immediately became a site for pilgrimage and by order of Duke Ercole I d'Este was enlarged from 1495 onwards with important interventions by the architect Biagio Rossetti. The interior of the church has the layout of a basilica, with three aisles divided by columns, an apse and a transept. Worthy of note in the lateral aisles is the Madonna of Constantinople in the fourth bay on the right. The ceiling is decorated with five paintings by Carlo Bononi (1569-1632), in which the artist demonstrates all his mastery of the foreshortened view from below.


Weekdays: 8.30-12.30 / 15.30-19.00. Holidays: 9.00-12.30 / 16.00-20.00.

How to get here

On foot 20 minutes from the Este Castle; bus n. 1 or 9 third stop of Corso Giovecca (via Ugo Bassi).

last modified Mar 29, 2023 03:45
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