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Italy Pic of the Day | The Cloister of San Zeno, Verona

Our photographic tour of Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore in Verona, Italy continues with a look inside the cloister and a pondering of secrets passed.

If these walls could talk, what would they say? That’s what I wonder every time I find myself walking around a Cloister. Tall arches framing a private garden. A gurgling fountain that obscures soft whispers. What secrets do you think might have passed through these archways?

Italy Pic of the Day Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore Courtyard
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore Courtyard

The Cloister of the Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore in Verona

Standing in Piazza Zeno looking at the Basilica of San Zeno Maggiore, there is no hint of the romantic cloister. Why I wondered?

Italy Pic of the Day Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore Verona
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, Verona

Turns out there’s a reason for the visual disconnect between the Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore and the cloister!

“The cloister together with the tower, is all that remains of the Benedictine abbey demolished in the nineteenth century. The cloister was built in the tenth century and was renovated several times. The current one dates back to the early fourteenth century.”

Associazione Chiese Vive

Looking back, it all sort of makes sense. The abby tower, bell tower, the basilica itself and the cloister as a whole don’t seem to fit. None of the pieces seem to visually be in perfect harmony, yet they are all distinctly beautiful.

Since these Italy Pic of the Days are my way to bring you to Italy, I thought I’d share a video that shows what it’s like to be in the cloister!

Video: Walk through the Cloister of the Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore in Verona

The San Zeno Basilica itself is often quoted as “one of the most beautiful and better preserved examples of Romanesque architecture in the whole of Northern Italy.” If you ask me, the cloister is the pearl of the Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore.

I hope you’ll join me tomorrow for an inside look at the basilica! For now, humor me, what secrets do you think this cloister has seen?

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