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Remember that the church was built at street level.

When I visit old religious buildings I always start to think about the enormous power and influence... read more

Reviewed 3 November 2018
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A visit to Brescia has to include a visit to the Duomo & the Rotunda (two separate entrances and... read more

Reviewed 25 October 2018
Mach N
Cheshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 November 2018

When I visit old religious buildings I always start to think about the enormous power and influence the church has had throughout history. I also think that visitors should notice how much the surrounding landscape has been raised since the church was built. Remember that...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 25 October 2018

A visit to Brescia has to include a visit to the Duomo & the Rotunda (two separate entrances and two separate experiences). The Rotuna has many steps, but a lift is available to assist access. The shear grandeur of the buildings and the ceiling fresco's...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Mach N
Reviewed 21 October 2018

Next to the new cathedral you find the old cathedral. It is ar round domed structure, dating back to the time church and religion were about belief and not yet about power projection. Authentic, sincere feel about the place. Great to visit to experience 'early'...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

Surprisingly beautiful side alters in this Duomo. I felt it was more beautiful as a church than the Duomo in Florence.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Sue T
Reviewed 6 August 2018

It's right beside the new Cathedral and perhaps suffers from being in its shadow. I didn't find it very inviting though the usher was helpful. Its successor is much more attractive.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 14 March 2018

Worth it to visit since I did not seen anything like it in Europe. Been there twice and will revisit again. Brescia is even a clean, nice and quite city.

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 13 February 2018

Old and historic and nice to wander around when quiet. In the centre an quite a contrast to the new cathedral

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 25 October 2017

If you wouldn't know that this is an 11th century cathedral, most probably you wouldn't even visit it.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed 23 October 2017

This beautiful old basilica has far more 'presence' than the new version sat olongside with its incredible display of opulence. The old church feels like a real place of worship and a space for contemplation. We have been into dozens of churches on our grand...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Coralcaybelize
Reviewed 8 October 2017

A peaceful old Roman Catholic church...make sure you go to the lowest level, it offers weirdly calm atmosphere.

Date of experience: October 2017
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