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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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Huge church

In the last years the facade was renoveted, the white marble is wonderful. We didn't understood why this church is better guarded than any other, but the guardiens are rude, very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

In the last years the facade was renoveted, the white marble is wonderful. We didn't understood why this church is better guarded than any other, but the guardiens are rude, very unfriendly. If you want to visit be preparde to this attitude

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Geneva, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

As soon as I arrived, I was checked by two unfriendly security guards who checked every little corner of my small day pack! Like if I was a criminal... Before entering San Petronio, I saw a man from the church smoking just next to the door! When I entered the same guy had the nerve to tell me to take... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

The Piazza and fountains in front of this Basilica are nice complements Alleged to have been meddled with by an ancient pope in Rome the facility was apparently to be larger than the Vatican. Old Testament's scenes are represented on the pillars.

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Essex, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We were recommended to go here by our hotel and it is definitely worth it if you're in Bologna. It is beautiful like many Italian churches and cathderals with lovely painted frescoes. The architecture is fascinating and there are many interesting artefacts.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 257 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We went inside here just because size does matter and the building was so large we thought it must be worth visiting! The interior is cavernous, very understated and open plan. There are some nice stained glass windows too. Entrance is free but you pay €3 for a band that lets you take photos. There s also a dress code... More 

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Flitwick, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

The scale is what first hit me when visiting this basilica. The vast ceilings do make you wonder in awe just how they managed to built such a thing when they did. The various sculptures and art works are very interesting and when we visited a string quartet were playing which really added to the atmosphere.

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Sheffield
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

It's worth a walk around the outside (they'd planned a much bigger church but the papacy- which controlled Bologna- diverted the funds elsewhere)- and you can see where they's planned to make it wider (the marble cladding is also incomplete- obviously another consequence of the papal money-grab!). As for the interior- there are churches/basilicas/duomos like this all over Italy and... More 

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Rakvere, Estonia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Really nice place to visit. It is free and interesting. And be sure, that You leave Your name on the questbook:)

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Zagreb, Croatia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

It's worth a visit if you are already in Bologna, though there are a few far more impressive cathedrals in Italy.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

The fifteenth largest Cathedral in the world and it's all on a spectacular scale. On a hot day (33 degrees) it was just as hot in the Basilica. Although there's no entry fee you have to pay a 2 Euro fee to take pictures but it's well worth it to capture the scale of the building and the terrific details... More 

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