Padua – Day 2 – Part 5 – A Beautiful Church and Food Fair Fun

The painting over the altar of the Cappella di San Benedetto Abate is the work of Jacopo Palma the Younger.

The altar in the Cappella dei Santi Innocenti houses the relics of the Holy Innocents, who were three victims of Herod.  The statue of Santa Rachele, at the top, is by Giovanni Comin.

The ark on top of the altar, in the Cappella di Sant’Urio, holds the remains of the saint.  Saint Urio was the guardian of the Church of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople, and it was he who hid and saved the relics of Saint Luke and Saint Matthias, as well as the famous icon of the Madonna.  The statue of the saint, as well as the angels and the statues of Saints Tommaso and Taddeo, are all by Bernardo Falcone.

The high altar dates from 1637, and is the work of Pietro Paolo Corbarelli, on a design by Giovan Battista Nigetti.  The body of Santa Giustina lies under the altar.

In the right transept, against the wall, there are confessionals, as well as a pulpit, which date back to the 16th century.  The ark in the transept holds part of the body of Saint Matthias, the Apostle.  The ark dates from 1562, and is the work of the sculptor Giovanni Francesco de Surdis.

The Cappella della Pietà is considered a masterpiece by Filippo Parodi, and dates from 1688.

After leaving the Abbazia, we wandered through the food fair, promising ourselves that we would return later that night, for dinner.

We would end up dining on one of these delicious roasted pork hocks later, with nicely-chilled red wine.

The huge pan of paella was very inviting!


Next up: We begin our third day in Padua, with a visit to Palazzo Zuckermann!


Note: This blog is written in English and Spanish, and the author takes no responsibility for the quality of any other translations that may appear.  If you have enjoyed this post, please, check out our archives for more posts from Padua, as well as other Italian destinations.  Grazie!


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