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Basilica di San Petronio

Piazza Maggiore, Bologna, Italy (Santo Stefano)
051-22-5442
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Ranked #18 of 136 Attractions in Bologna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

The basilica wasn't completed. but what was completed is a very interesting churck. between stained glass, naves that are different from each other and overall beauty, this is a well above average 'cathedral' among the many in Europe. Definitely worth a visit.

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Haifa, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

An enormous building that looks as if it's composed of 2 pieces. In fact it's because it was never finished. Inside it's full of treasures: frescoes, reliefs, carvings a guilded altar a 15c organ, which is one of the oldest in italy. The most unusual feature is the astronomical clock- a long brass meridian line set at an angle across... More

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

A beautiful historic building , the facade still unfinished after 700 hundred years as they cannot decide how to complete it. Beautiful interior not to be missed.

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

A splendid building undergoing some renovation, however, worth jostling with the crowds to visit. The frescos in the 3 chapel on the left are truly magnificent and worth the admission cost, you cannot appreciate them from outside.

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Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This is a massive cathedral designed to seat about 25,000 people. It is said that the construction was paid for not by the Vatican but by the people of Bologna. After years of work they have recently removed the covers exposing lovely shades of pink, red and white marble. Various locals have private chapels inside this church. There are many... More

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Sydney
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Another of those fascinating places whose imperfection is their fame. It goes like this. The Bolognans didn't like the Pope, so they wanted to build a church bigger than St Peter's in Rome. The Pope counters with a master stroke, two blows at once. He sets up the Archiginnasio so close that the already commenced extension cannot be completed (check... More

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Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

The outside reminds me of the cathedral of Milan with the broad expanse in front. Put this one was never finished after 400 years of arguing about the design and cost! Hard to know since little in ?Bologna is explained in English.

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North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Overwhelming when you walk in because of the size. Beautiful stained glass (some removed for restoration), organ is lovely, works of art and sculpture are beautiful. Twenty-two chapels line either side of the church. The median line is very interesting. The ouside is in the process of resoration and is patially marbled - quite a sight!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The size and scale of this church are amazing (15th largest in the world). I had originally assumed that it was the cathedral. Cassini's sundial is very impressive as is the organ (possibly the oldest in Europe).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

According to Wikipedia, Basilica di San Petronio is currently the 15th biggest church in the world. Since personally I have not yet experienced some of the bigger ones, like Cologne Cathedral, I found myself completely astounded by the sheer size of this building. It's one thing to marvel the great, half finished facade from the Piazza Maggiore. However, the magnitude... More

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