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Basilica di San Petronio

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Address: Piazza Maggiore, Bologna, Italy
Phone Number: 051-22-5442
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Amazing sanctuary on a great scale.

The fifteenth largest Cathedral in the world and it's all on a spectacular scale. On a hot day (33 degrees) it was just as hot in the Basilica. Although there's no entry fee you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

It's worth a visit if you are already in Bologna, though there are a few far more impressive cathedrals in Italy.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

The fifteenth largest Cathedral in the world and it's all on a spectacular scale. On a hot day (33 degrees) it was just as hot in the Basilica. Although there's no entry fee you have to pay a 2 Euro fee to take pictures but it's well worth it to capture the scale of the building and the terrific details... More 

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Wemmel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Beautiful buildin definitely worth to be visited, preferably with a guide who takes the time to lead you through the rich remains of history present there

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Derby, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

This cathedral has a quite interesting facade, half marble and half brick(?). It is large and dominates the plaza. Inside it is quite empty and I thought rather plain. It was being worked on and certain areas were fenced off. There is a very impressive gold cross hanging over the pulpit. There are some impressive stained glass windows and murals... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Ignore the plain facade, the town has been arguing about how that should be faced for centuries, go into the interior and make sure you visit the chapel (for a truly terrifying vision of Hell) and the sun dial on the floor. If you can, find out exactly when the sun dial will work on the day of your visit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

After 2 and a half weeks of Italy and seeing a lot of churches and basilicas, this one still impressed us. I particularly liked the window mosaic in this basilica. You have to pay €2 to take photos and videos to your hearts content. There were a couple of areas where they listed no photos. You can see the Meridien... More 

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Tucson,Az
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Doesnt look like much on the outside but inside is beautiful and worth the price (2 or 3 euro) to get a wrist band that allows you to take photos. Church is huge and not too crowded even though its in the city's biggest piazza. Right by P. Maggiore are 3 wonderful churches (also Santo Stefano and Santa Maria dela... More 

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

I must confess that visiting large churches and cathedrals is a hobby so this review is very biased. This was a highlight of our visit. The cathedral is huge with enormous amounts of detailing all the way through it. Being Italian and not British they are not after you for a large entrance fee and it makes visiting it feel... More 

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

When traveling, I view opportunities to visit churches and temples etc. as a method of understanding how the founders and past inhabitants envisaged their city. Was the city wealthy and prosperous and desirous of showing that in church and civic architecture, was it thoughtful and serious, etc. I think the Basilica di San Petronio is a perfect example of historic... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

While this may not necessarily be the most stunning church on the exterior, it is certainly worth a visit. Located in Piazza Maggiore it is easy to access. The vaulted arches are enormous and the chapels stunning. Of interest is the meridian line running through the church.

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Additional Information about Basilica di San Petronio

Address: Piazza Maggiore, Bologna, Italy
Phone Number: 051-22-5442
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Emilia-Romagna  >  Province of Bologna  >  Bologna>  > Santo Stefano
Open Hours:
Sunday 7:45 am - 2:00 pm  3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Monday 7:45 am - 2:00 pm  3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Tuesday 7:45 am - 2:00 pm  3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Wednesday 7:45 am - 2:00 pm  3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Thursday 7:45 am - 2:00 pm  3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Friday 7:45 am - 2:00 pm  3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Saturday 7:45 am - 2:00 pm  3:00 pm - 6:30 pm

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