|The Colleoni Chapel|
The elegant chapel (pictured) is the jewel in Bergamo’s crown and has been acclaimed as one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture in the whole of Lombardia.
It was built by order of Bartolomeo Colleoni, a captain under the Venetian republic, who wanted a fitting home for his own tomb.
He and his favourite daughter are buried there and the story is that the wealthy former soldier asked for his tomb to be positioned so that the sun illuminated it when it shone through the window.
The chapel was designed by Giovanni Antonio Amadeo and has been likened to a jewel box because of its ornately decorated marble facade.
It was built between 1472 and 1476 and designed to harmonise with the architecture of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.
The Colleoni Chapel is one of the most picturesque sights in Bergamo and not to be missed by photographers.
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