The Temple of Sant’Antonio da Padova is located opposite the San Francesco da Paola Church in the Piazza Tre Martiri in Rimini. The church owes its existence to a miracle involving a saint and a stubborn donkey, said to have taken place in the 13th century.
Temple of Sant’Antonio di Padova Rimini
Address: Piazza Tre Martiri – Rimini. Phone: +39 0541 24761. Ticket price: Free. The church is open during mass, i.e. almost the entire morning and around 18:30.
History and description
Built in the early 16th century, the Sant’Antonio di Padova Temple is octagonal in shape. The exterior is clad in marble. A number of columns surround the building.
The temple was designed by the architect Bramante, who is mostly famous for another temple, which can be seen on the Janiculum hill in Rome.
The church was built to commemorate a miracle in the 13th century. Sant’Antonio da Padova was standing in the square to give the sacrificial bread to the inhabitants of the city, when a peasant with a mule passed by. The uninterested farmer wanted to walk on, but the animal reportedly knelt before the saint.
According to another version of the story, the farmer, who apparently disliked Sant’Antonio, had kept the mule locked up for three days without food. Once it arrived in the square, the mule was allowed to choose between the sacrificial bread and some fodder. It is not hard to guess what, still according to legend, the beast chose.
What to see
Inside the church, a piece of the column can be seen on which the saint is said to have stood while addressing the crowd.
After the 1672 earthquake, the church had to be rebuilt. Subsequent restorations dramatically changed the appearance of the temple.
The fresco gracing the dome is the work of Achille Funi.