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Basilica di San Domenico

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Address: Piazza San Domenico 13, Bologna, Italy
Phone Number: +39 051 640 0411
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Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
3:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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Best church in Bologna

THis was by far most interesting and spiritual church we visisted in Bologna. An amalgam of sevarl chruches from the past - lots of hostory and a v peaceful atmosphere. If you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

THis was by far most interesting and spiritual church we visisted in Bologna. An amalgam of sevarl chruches from the past - lots of hostory and a v peaceful atmosphere. If you only visit one church, this is the one!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Beautiful church with many sculptures and frescoes. There are 3 early sculptures by Michelangelo in the church, made while he was on the lam from Florence after the assasination of his patron, Lorenzo D'Medici..Well worth the visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

There is a carved shrine to St Dominic which took 500 years to complete .Michelangelo had a hand in it.Unfortunately only one piece of information in English.

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Atlanta, GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Tremendous sculptures. Make sure they're lit up and take your time admiring them. There's a chart in the church labeling which artist was responsible for each section of the work.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

The basilica was very nice and important for Dominican Catholics. The chapels on the sides of the can be lit up for a small fee and some are well decorated. It is worth finding this church.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This church was built in 1221 and is Italy's most important Dominican church. It was built to house the body of St Dominic who died here and whose magnificent tomb stands here. The tomb's statues were executed by Pisano and the angels and 2 saints are early works of Michelangelo. The sarcophagus is beautiful but we could not take a... More 

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Waterford, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Came accross this church while walking around generally. It was lovely but that night I researched it a bit and discovered that there was a lot to it - St Dominick is buried here, there are original Michael Angelo sculptures, an outdoor crypt halfway up a house outside it etc etc The church itself doesn't seem to promote all it... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014 via mobile

Basilica of San Domenico is one of the major historical churches in Bologna. After visiting so many churches, it is difficult not to compare. Around Bologna I found them on the dark side, a lot of them over decorated The name San Domenico, because it contains the remains of the Spanish, Saint Dominico, the founder of the Order of Preachers.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Lovely peaceful place and so beautiful. Free entry and lovely to see the various different areas of the church.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

I never knew St. Dominic was laid rest here. A very important individual of the Catholic church. They made an alter for his remains. On the other side of the alter are two pews facing the rear of the alter. An encase sculpture made of gold has the remains of St. Dominic within it. I was in awe to see... More 

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