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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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One of the best churches/cathedrals in Bologna for its sheer height.

Very high vaulted roof gave a huge vista to this place of worship right in the centre of the city. Much starker than I had imagined as it is not overly decorated or covered in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Farnham, Surrey
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Farnham, Surrey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Very high vaulted roof gave a huge vista to this place of worship right in the centre of the city. Much starker than I had imagined as it is not overly decorated or covered in gold leaf, but still almost overpowering by its sheer scale. well worth a visit.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This charge is on the Piazza Maggiore and is an impressive structure from the outside. But, inside, the space is even more outstanding. The floor of the church includes a solar time tine that is constructed to show the date of the year from the light streaming through the windows. A must see if you are in the center of... More 

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Sydney
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

This was another day tour of our travel. We had a walking tour done of the San Petronio Basilica among others. It is great to know that that the Astronomer Cassini’s meridian line is carved on the floor inside. This is science in posterity, a great place also for prayer.

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Warwickshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 via mobile

This basilica is very latge. At the same time it felt very peaceful, especially away from the crowds in the nearby piazza Maggiore. There are several ornate windows, and the cross in front of the main altar dominates the basilica. It is well worth a visit, if for nothing else just to enjoy the tranquillity and surroundings. I would recommend.

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Dublin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This is a vast basilica with a very extensive art and sculpture collection. We wandered and admired for some considerable time. Don't miss it!

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London, United Kingdom
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Worth visiting, even if just to get a general sense of it, depending how much you wish to get in the historical and liturgical details, you can enjoy a guide; in order to take pictures inside, a specific permit (Eur 2) is required

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Jefferson City, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

From the outside, it is striking that the bottom of the structure is very ornate, but the top is ugly brown bricks! Inside, the sanctuary and altar are massive. If you want to take photos, you have to pay at the entrance. If you don't, they will say something to you about paying. Overall it is worth your time for... More 

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Sheffield
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

A must in Bologna, simply because it is right in the centre of the city. The 'sundial' is a fascinating piece of geophysical history.

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Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We were lucky enough to find a free concert her in April of 15th and 16th century music one evening. The acoustics and music were wonderful for the two organs and cornets. The musicians were so talented that the appreciative audience did not want them to go and continued clapping for a long time! There are several other concerts scheduled... More 

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Basilica di San Petronio is really huge. From the outside it does not look beaultiful, unless you come closer to the facade and see the sophisticated white marble ornaments of the walls and pillars. Strangely only a short low level of wall is covered wih marble whlie the rest is of bricks. Obviously the upper part is older. From the... More 

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