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Basilica di San Petronio

Piazza Maggiore, Bologna, Italy (Santo Stefano)
051-22-5442
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Ranked #19 of 132 attractions in Bologna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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Oslo, Norway
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58 reviews 58 reviews
17 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

A huge Basilica with an interesting story. You should respect the rules regarding clothing and no photoes. A peaceful place to rest in the heat. Free.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This church is a must see for any stay in Bologna as it helps to orient you in the city. It is easy to find like the towers and Neptune's statue. As well the meridian line with the small hole for the sun measure out the time of year is nice to discover.

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Rome, Italy
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263 reviews 263 reviews
65 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The many side chapels demonstrate the wide range of tastes of the city's grandees, which helps explain why the church façade was never completed as they couldn't agree on a design! Various plans proposed by architects are on display inside. There is a wealth of precious materials, statues and paintings as well, and a small museum, which is free of... More

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west yorkshire
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75 reviews 75 reviews
9 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We recently visited Bologna and on exploring the city we arrived in the Piazza Maggiore which is in the " Quadrilatero," the heart of the historical centre.This is the site of San Petronio Churchwhich is the last example of Gothic architecture and the 6th Christian Curch in the world for dimension.It was dedicated to the patron saint of the town... More

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Valletta, Malta
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15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

The Basilica of San Petronio is the main church of Bologna, Emilia Romagna, northern Italy. It dominates the Piazza Maggiore. It is the fifteenth largest church in the world, stretching for 132 meters in length and 66 meters in width, while the vault reaches 45 meters inside and 51 meters in the facade. The basilica is dedicated to the patron... More

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Scotland
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18 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

This is a very large church indeed and at present the front facade is undergoing renovation. In some ways the church appears unfinished, but the crypt is worth seeing, and some of the small side chapels are stunning and full of wonderful windows and icons. Some of the ancient merchant families have decorated the chapels which are varied and interesting.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

The church is one of Europe's largest, but the viewer is immediately struck by the odd combination of gorgeous white and red stone with amazing carvings, topped with plain brick on the facade. The story is that the town elders could never agree on a design, even when some of the greatest architects of the day submitted plans (displayed in... More

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Bucharest, Romania
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396 attraction reviews
216 helpful votes 216 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The biggest church in Bologna and one of the biggest in Europe.A rough style facade because it isn't finished.Two very old organs inside and an amazing number of 22 chapels. Also,inside the church is drawn a meridian line on the floor of the left aisle.

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McLean, Virginia
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15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Beautiful! Beautiful!! Beautiful!! The facade has not been completed and that is a story in itself but the interior is magnificent and not only religiously significant but scientifically significant. Pope Gregory laid out a part of the interior to develop the Gregorian Calendar that we use today. Must see..

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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83 reviews 83 reviews
18 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

A church that is beautiful, grand and played a major role in the development of our calendar -- the Gregorian calendar. See it to understand the development of our modern calendar and stay to admire the art. And step outside to relax in the Piazza Maggiore.

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