8. Church of S. Anastasia

Also at the time of Dante, there was a building site here: the Dominicans, with the support of the Scaligers, were building their cathedral. Their founder, St Dominic, was the other saint worshipped by Dante and that he saw as the foundations on which to build the new Church.
Like the Church of S. Fermo, also that of S. Anastasia expresses the new Gothic style that even today can be admired in the height of its bays, the momentum of its pointed arches and the ribbed vaults, the style of its frescoes. Many of the renowned painters who worked at the court of the Scaligers worked at this cathedral, for example, Altichiero. Also in this place, visitors are enthralled by the famous fresco by Pisanello “St George and the Princess” which, painted in the 15th century, expresses an artistic taste that keeps becoming more secular, courteous and imaginative.
In addition, it seems that this church contained among other things the first sepulchre of Dante’s descendants, those members of the Alighieri family who two centuries later would put down roots in Valpolicella. The house of Pietro, Dante’s son, is actually that on the left corner in front of the Church of S. Anastasia, recognisable by the typical mediaeval arches of Verona characterised by its alternating between tuff and brick; arches that can be found walled-up in many buildings of the historic centre.

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