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Basilica di San Domenico

Piazza San Domenico 13, Bologna, Italy (Santo Stefano)
+39 051 640 0411
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Ranked #19 of 136 Attractions in Bologna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

After visiting a selection of churches around Italy it is hard to find something new , BUT , the Basilica di San Domenico is quite simply breathtaking. Words can not do it justice , you must GO .

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Kirkby Lonsdale, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Situated near the hotel in which I stayed, TOURING. Grand architecture and beauty. In the square there are seats which are useful when tired of trailing around.

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London, United Kingdom
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37 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Make sure you don't go between 1200 and 1500 as they close for lunch. The church has some wonderful artwork, of which Filippino Lipppi's Mystic Marriage of St Catherine is my personal favourite

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Schodack, NY
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Amazing what the inside of the basilica looks like - most look drab on the outside, but once you enter your jaw drops. Simply beautiful artisan workmanship

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Belford, United Kingdom
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54 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

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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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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