Verona – Scaliger Tombs

Gothic funerary monuments

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In the centre of Verona just close to Piazza dei Signori, on the side of the Palazzo del Capitanio the small church of Santa Maria Antica overlooks a small open space, this was the Scaligeri family chapel. The Romanesque-style church, built in the year 1185 on the ruins of a previous VII century Lombard chapel, has walls with alternating terracotta and tuff ashlars. The monumental burials of the lords of Verona, the so-called Scaliger Arks, were placed behind the church in the 14th century. The most monumental are those of Cangrande I, located above the entrance of the church, that of Mastino I and the hexagonal one of Cansignorio.