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Basilica di San Petronio

Address: Piazza Maggiore, Bologna, Italy (Santo Stefano)
Phone Number: 051-22-5442
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Ranked #20 of 130 Attractions in Bologna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Sun - Sat 7:45 am - 2:00 pm
3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

The facade of this basilica is interesting, because it is unfinished, and quite odd looking in its upper and lower contrast to each other. And it is right next to the University of Bologna which has a very famous history in education in Europe.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This church sits in the Piazza Maggiore and was founded in 1390 originally intended to be larger than St Peters in Rome. Funds for the building were diverted to Palazzo Archiginnasio leaving the church lopsided in its interior design.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

The outside of this church looks unfinished, which it is but the inside is breathtaking. Such a high ceiling and beatutiful artwork. It is the fifth biggest church in Italy (fifteenth in the world) but there is a silence and reverence for such a big church. Only open at certain times of the day so don't miss it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014 via mobile

As our tour guide pointed out, this church would have been larger than St. Peter's in Rome but Pius VI had construction halted before it got to that size. As a result, wings on the east and west sides were clearly truncated, giving the outside an unfinished look. Inside, though, it's pretty magnificent. You can't take pictures inside but, trust... More 

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Imperia, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

If you happen to be around in a sunny day, try to visit at noon (astronomical noon) to see Cassini's calendar based on the height of the sun.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Sitting in the piazza Maggiore, people sitting at its feet, warming their face in the sun. Strange we didn't feel any interest from anyone to that Big one, which like others need some repair help. Historicaly talking, it is the 15th largest church in the world, the vault inside is 45 metres.

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