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Basilica di San Domenico

Piazza San Domenico 13, Bologna, Italy (Santo Stefano)
051-640-0411
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Ranked #18 of 132 attractions in Bologna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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Belford, United Kingdom
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91 reviews 91 reviews
31 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

It isn't a church I had heard of before coming to Bologna, and I didn't know about the Bologna St Dominic connection. Compared to many other historic churches there was plenty of room away from the tourist hoards and no large tour parties. I didn't realise that photos weren't allowed, I took many with no comment from anyone there. A... More

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Strongsville, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

Beautiful building, not over run by tourists. Unfortunately no photos are allowed and it is rigidly enforced. The exterior is rather un-impressive but you will be surprised when you enter. Very striking. You can sneak a few shots when the photo police aren't looking.

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Kirtlington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

The day we went it was almost empty, midweek late morning. The peace and tranquillity were welcome after the bustle of the main piazza. Free entry.

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London, United Kingdom
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20 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

I went to see the tomb and the Filippino Lippi and the G. Pisano crucifix - and they were wonderful. I didn't know about the extraordinary choir stalls: oxen straining under their loads, a rider struggling to control a shying horse, Abraham's hospitality, Moses receiving the law, Adam & Eve expelled, the life of Christ. Really beautiful and expressive. I... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

I was curious to see the statue of Michelangelo in this church and was absolutely taken aback by the beauty inside. This Basilica is definitely worth visiting.

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Huntsville, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

Not sure why. It's not as big as the famous basilica at Piazza Maggiore, of course, and it has nothing to match the beauty of the Magi chapel there. But Basilica San Domenico just felt better, immediately. It looks as tho it has recently been beautifully restored. That may be part of it. Also, just as we walked in a... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

Situated at the fringes of the shopping district of Bologna, I didn't find this at the top of the tourist must visit places. However, a local blogging website suggested this Basilica for some interesting paintings and sculptures one can look for. Such a peaceful and full of history filled ambience, we enjoyed this place of worship! Don't be surprised if... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

We went to half a dozen of the big churches in Bologna, this was our favorite. Would chose to go back here first, paintings, sculpture, the architectural space, the most wonderful marquetry in the old choir stalls - one could spend an hour with those alone; and the fragrant calm cloister. Other reviewers have mentioned awkward opening times and less... More

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Chevy Chase, MD
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

I have never seen anything like the inlaid wooden choir stalls in this church -- they are among the wonders of the world. Just be sure to check the opening times (e.g. the day I went, the church was open all day but I had to come back between 3-5 to see the choir).

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Dallas, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Not to close to the center of town but well worth spending the time to see. It contains the tomb of the famous Saint and a work of Michelangelo

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