The Basilica of St Anthony
Padua is a name that refers most of all to the Franciscan preacher who, born in Lisbon in 1195, was called Fernando Martins de Bulhões, but who soon became extremely popular as Anthony of Padua.
The basilica named after him is spectacular with its arches and domes silhouetted against the sky in contrast with the triangular facade. The church has been here for something like six or seven centuries, built to allow the great preacher to rest after completing his earthly commitment.
Once inside, you appreciate the rich decoration, the many monumental tombs and, to the left of the altar, the extraordinary renaissance elegance of the chapel with the Arch of the Saint's tomb. The episodes of St. Anthony’s tomb are depicted by famous artists, such as Tullio Lombardo and Jacopo Sansovino.
As a real treasure chest of faith and art, it enshrines St Anthony’s body and is a pilgrimage destination for millions of devotees coming from all over the world every year.