The Sant’Elena Church in Verona is part of the Complesso del Duomo. The cloister of the Cathedral is opposite the entrance to this church. Highlights inside the church are a stone triptych and a painting by Brusasorci.
Sant’Elena Church Verona
Address, opening hours and entrance fee
Address: Piazza Duomo – 37121 Verona. Telephone: +39 045592813. Opening Hours: From 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. (Sundays and public holidays from 1.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.). Entrance fee: Included when visiting the Duomo.
Geschiedenis en beschrijving
The Church of Sant’Elena stands next to the San Giovanni in Fonte Baptistery. The church is preceded by a small 15th century portico, but was itself built in the 9th century, on an already existing sanctuary. It was restored in the 12th century after an earthquake had caused a lot of damage.
During the renovations, some remnants of earlier versions of the church, including an apse and some floor mosaics, were unearthed.
The most important works of art in Sant’Elena Church are a stone triptych from the 8th century and a painting by Felice Brusasorci. The triptych depicts the “Madonna and Child on the Throne” and was probably made by Giovanni di Rigino.
The long corridor opposite the church leads to the cloister of the Cathedral. This chiostro dates from the 12th century and is characterized by a double row of red marble columns. Some remains of the two early Christian basilicas can also be seen here. One side of the cloister was unfortunately completely destroyed by bombing during the Second World War.