San Zeno Maggiore
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Location Verona, Italy   map
Date 1120 to 1138   timeline
Building Type church
 Construction System bearing masonry, bronze door panels
Climate mediterranean
Style Romanesque
Notes sited with campanile and rough tower. memorable bronze door panels.



Discussion San Zeno Maggiore Commentary

"Facing an open piazza and cradled between a well-turned campanile (1178) and a haphazard but apparently habitable ancient tower (fourteenth century), its tufa faŤade asserts a sharp geometry with a quietly stated verticality. Note that it is subdivided by narrow pilasters—a line of tiny arches in between—and given accents by the large rose window and the projecting, trimly arched porch. The north wall, on the other hand, stresses the horizontal—such dichotomy in the Middle Ages was not uncommon—its alternating bands of light and dark stone finding a congenial echo in the campanile. This Romanesque church is the fifth on the site, earlier ones having been destroyed by fire or man or having been outgrown. Part of the present interior dates from a fourteenth-century expansion, when a colorful Gothic keel-shaped ceiling of painted wood was installed."

— G. E. Kidder Smith. Looking at Architecture. p48.

Sources on San Zeno Maggiore

Werner Blaser and Monica Stucky. Drawings of Great Buildings. Boston: Birkhauser Verlag, 1983. ISBN 3-7643-1522-9. LC 83-15831. NA2706.U6D72 1983. plan and section drawings, p60. — Available at

G. E. Kidder Smith. Looking at Architecture. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Publishers, 1990. ISBN 0-8109-3556-2. LC 90-30728. NA200.S57 1990. discussion p48. overview photo, p48, door close-up, p49.

Sir Banister Fletcher. Sir Banister Fletcher's A History of Architecture. 18th ed., revised by J.C. Palmes. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1975. interior photo, fB, p476. exterior photo, fA, p476.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about San Zeno Maggiore


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