Monday, February 18, 2013

San Marino Chamber Choir the featured guest singers for Mass at the Basilica of St. Anthony in Padova,Italy

The San Marino Chamber Choir will be singing twice in Italy. Once at St. Mark's Basilica in Venice and also in the Basilica Pontificia di Sant'Antonio di Padova at 11 am on Friday, April 5. The Basilica of St. Anthony, as it is called in English, is a Roman Catholic church and basilica in Padua, northern Italy. 
Construction began in 1232, one year after the death of St. Anthony, and completed in 1310. 
The Basilica is the result of different constructions which took place between 1238-1310. The church of Santa Maria Mater Domini, which is the original burial site of St. Anthony, was integrated into the Basilica and what is now the Chapel of the Black Madonna. The second construction is that of the Friary, dating back to 1229 and likely founded by St. Anthony himself, who died in 1231 in Arcella, northern Italy. 
The Chapel where the tomb of St. Anthony lies has been called the "Ark" from the beginning. While the tomb is in the altar in this chapel, it was temporarily located in the center of the Basilica from 1236-1310, although it has remained in its current location since 1350. 

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