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Basilica di San Petronio

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Neighborhood: Santo Stefano
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Address: Piazza Maggiore, Bologna, Italy
Phone Number: 051-22-5442
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We had to go through security to enter, but we were happy they were trying to keep us safe. Truly amazing place. We didn't have to pay to get in, although a guide book I read... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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Brentwood, United Kingdom
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92 reviews 92 reviews
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

We had to go through security to enter, but we were happy they were trying to keep us safe. Truly amazing place. We didn't have to pay to get in, although a guide book I read before coming said £2.50 . Maybe it was because it was winter. (FEB 15) Like nearly everywhere else in Bologna there was nothing in... More 

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Herne Bay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Worth a visit. We visited when full of scouts! However it is a beautiful enchanting working basilica. The front is odd, somewhat unfinished! The works of art within are lovely one looks like Dantes inferno!

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Italy
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

The outside of the Basilica is very unique, but I still prefer the inside especially because of the meridian line. Very big and fascinating.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Although It was under construction when I visited, it was beautiful. It is just beside the main square of Piazza Maggiore.

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Cambrils, Spain
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Very nice but you have to pay to visit a place wich is under construction. Anyway is a place that you should visit. Very nice view of the main square

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Many people would say this is a beautiful church but I'd say it's average. I've seen much better churches around Italy. This one was not that impressive for me. Maybe the rustic look could be charming for many others. However, it's hard to resist the urge of going into this church since it's right in the main square of the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

A good place to visit in Piazza Maggiore. A lot of paintings inside also a small museum!!! I recommend!!!!!

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Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

It is one of the biggest churches in the world! The interior contains paintings by famous artists - I liked the paintings by da Modena and di Paolo, The sundial on the floor by Domenico Cassini attracted our attention too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

This is one big basilica, dominating the center of the medieval center. The "unfinished" facade is the trademark of this church. I like it, and it's Interesting history. The museum inside has some interesting artifacts. I was not keen on them charging extra just to see the 'mohammad' fresco though. We didn't see anyone paying extra to see it and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

It's a strange unfinished basilica with a fascinating history. Designed to eclipse the immensity of St. Peter's in Rome, the basilica's construction was curtailed by the politics of the time. We were fortunate to hear an organ recital inside. The music was superb and the organ's sound impressive.

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