Saint Anthony

Saint Anthony, the patron saint of lost things, was born in Portugal but died in Padua. He was known for his skill at preaching and when he died at the age of 35 was made a saint within a year and work on the cathedral devoted to him began immediatetly in 1231. It’s a gorgous basilica, very well maintained and full of those wanting to see where he is buried.

You can see how sumptuous the interior of the basillica is.

One section of the basillica.

The tomb of Saint Anthony. You can walk around it, look at the sculpted reliefs there telling of his life and place your hand on the back of the tomb if you want.

There is a room in the back with reliquaries holding his lower jaw, vocal cords and tongue-all of these because he was known as such a great speaker.

Lots of thank yous next to his tomb. I am not religious, but rather spiritual, so this doesn’t mean as much to me but I do admire the passion and love behind it all.


We made a day trip from Venice with a 30 minute train ride to Padua. It’s a beautiful city with miles of covered walkways and a very large and active university. We walked from the train station to our first stop the Scrovegni Chapel built by a son hoping to get his dead father-a money lender with high interest rates forebidden by the church-into heaven in 1303. It has damage from various things though the years and one of them is from the presence of too many people breathing in the closed space so you only have 15 minutes to look. It’s incredible.

A great barrel shape. It was painted by Giotto by the way. He was considered the artist to bring painting into the Renaissance.

One wall at the end of the room. Christ is in the middle surrounded by the rainbow light with the condeemed being sent to hell on the right and the righteous going to heaven on the left. Very dramatic. Giotto was a friend of Dante and this painting illustrates Dante’s Inferno very well.

Giotto’s version of the Last Supper.

Christ after he was taken down from the cross. Note the folds in the clothing-this was new as was the look of «real »people.

The side of a building there in the Art Deco style.