Church of San Clemente

The small Church of Saint Clement is a medieval building dating back to 1190. The church is attached on three sides to adjacent buildings in Piazza dei Signori.

Church of San Clemente
© 'Chiesa di San Clemente in Piazza dei Signori' by Gerhard Bögner
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The terracotta facade is defined by four large pilasters with a large rose window in the centre above the entrance. On the sides, two niches house the statues of Saint Eligio on the left and Saint John the Baptist on the right. Above the large tympanum are the seventeenth-century statues of Saint Clement, Saint Justine and Saint Daniel.

The simple interior is structured in a single nave with a square apse. Next to the entrance is the Madonna and Child fresco by Jacopo Bellini, one of the founders of the Renaissance style of painting in northern Italy and the father-in-law of Andrea Mantegna. On the right wall is a seventeenth-century painting by Pietro Damini depicting Jesus in the act of delivering the keys to Saint Peter.


Chiesa di San Clemente

Piazza dei Signori
Padua (PD), Veneto, Italy
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