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La Rotonda - Temple of the Blessed Virgin of Relief

La Rotonda

It is a peculiar religious building for its architectural octagonal shape. The construction of the Church, designed by Francesco Zamberlan, was begun in 1594 in order to guard an image of our Lady to which many miracles had been attributed, including above all, the liberation of Rovigo from pestilence.
The body of the building is composed of two octagonal structures, the inner one dedicated to the Church and the outer one to the portico, accessible on seven sides; the eighth is occupied by the sacristy. The octagonal structure, equipped with three adjacent large windows on each side, rises to hold a roof with sloping sides which was built in 1622 to replace the original dome, demolished in 1606 due to structural subsidence.
A decidedly unique appearance is given by the inner pictorial decoration, where 22 large canvases (around 360 x 430 cm) are arranged in the lower strip and in the upper one, each celebrating a Venetian podestà. Several of these paintings are by artists among the most active at that time in Veneto: Francesco Maffei, Pietro Liberi, Pietro Ricchi, Andrea Celesti, Pietro della Vecchia and Antonio Zanchi.
Located on a balustrade of trapezoidal plan, stands a most precious pipe organ, work No. 34 of the famous Venetian organ constructor Gaetano Callido. The bell tower that rises in the adjacent square for 57 metres, was designed by the architect Baldassarre Longhena.

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Piazzetta XX Settembre n. 37
45100 Rovigo
 tel. +39 0425 24914

Opening hours from 1st April 2016:

Closed on Monday
Tuesday 10.00 - 12.30 am; 3.30 - 6.30 pm
Wednesday 10.00 - 12.30 am; 3.30 - 6.30 pm
Thursday 10.00 - 12.30 am; 3.30 - 6.30 pm
Friday 10.00 - 12.30 am; 3.30 - 6.30 pm
Saturday 10.00 - 12.30 am; 3.30 - 6.30 pm
Sunday 09.30 - 12.30 am; 3.30 - 6.30 pm

During liturgical celebrations, access is permitted only to the partecipant believers.
The Holy Mass is celebrated  at 9.00 in working days, at 10.30 on Sunday.


from 6 to 14 y. o.              1 Euro

from 15 y.o. and over        2 Euro


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