Padua – Basilica of San Antonio

San Antonio de Padua

He is the patron saint of lost items, travellers, the poor and the sick. A great number of devotees light candles to ask for his intercession and if their prayers are heard, people return to express their gratitude….. I grew up surrounded by people attending a novena devoted to him, every Tuesday, to ask for miraculous healings, to recover lost objects, even to find a true lover.

Yesterday, I had the chance to visit his church, the Basilica of St Anthony, where his tomb has lain since 1350.

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It’s undergoing renovation, hence, the white sheet. Photography is not allowed unfortunately, but I was blown over by the magnificence of the interior!

Undoubtedly, it has one of the most beautiful church interiors I have ever seen, even surpassing the Vatican!

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The statue of St Anthony holding the child Jesus in the Cathedral of Padova (Duomo di Padova)

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