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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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The meridian inside and the beautiful facade..

Probably the most beautiful and huge church of the city, located in the heart of Bologna, just next to the Piazza Maggiore. Beautiful stone façade but even more amazing is the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 29, 2015
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Tortona, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

Probably the most beautiful and huge church of the city, located in the heart of Bologna, just next to the Piazza Maggiore. Beautiful stone façade but even more amazing is the huge giant space inside. The thing that struck me is the meridian that runs through almost the entire floor of the church, truly exceptional and rare beauty including precious... More 

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Petaluma, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

The hell depicted on a large canvas in a side chapel is a bad place indeed. There's Satan himself devouring lost souls while others are being tormented by his demons. Heaven above is depicted as kind of like a directors meeting. Very boring place. Do spend the few euros to go to the side chapels and have the audio device.... More 

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Boston MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

This is the chuch of Bologna. The ticket to see the three chapels is well worth the money. Do the audio - one of the best we've every experienced.

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Surrey, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

...So the story goes, not ugly (do your research, Reviewers!) just unfinished because the Pope of the day decreed that no church should rival the scale or beauty of Saint Peter's in Rome. Worth a visit for the sundial and the sheer scale which is impressive.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Another amazing church space. Another must see if only to see the sundial and appreciate how clever the architect was. It also boast a couple of small early Michelangelo statues. No photos allowed in that area but you can take photos in the general church area (without flash of course).

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letterkenny
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Its exterior is one of the ugliest Basilicas I've ever seen in Italy! It's a mismatch of styles and is a bit of an eyesore amongst the beautiful architecture in Piazza Maggiore. Inside, the first thing you see is a souvenir table, which I did not like! It is quite large and empty and the design/ style is nice but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Hi y'all... For the record, as all the churches, this is beautiful too... Was quite cold inside, comparing to the weather outside...for photos you needed to pay 2€ to have the permition...free entrance btw...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Firstly, apart from the audio commentary for the fresco of Dante's Inferno (only 2€) it's free! I'm generally not a church visiting type of tourist, but I was generally very impressed by the sheer size and beauty of the interior. Do spend the 2€ on the audio commentary as the description does add value to the experience of viewing this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

The Basilica di San Petronia very good, well worth a visit. When we were there there was nothing in English and no-one there spoke English, my Italian limited so had to Google stuff about it when I got home. Please, if you want us to visit make it a bit easier for us.

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