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Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano

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Address: Via Santo Stefano, 24, 40125 Bologna, Italy
Phone Number: +39 051 223256
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We don't put a lot of faith in Rick Steves, and this time it was justified 1000 fold. He writes Bologna off as not worth visiting--we had a terrific time. St. Stefano was one of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

We don't put a lot of faith in Rick Steves, and this time it was justified 1000 fold. He writes Bologna off as not worth visiting--we had a terrific time. St. Stefano was one of many beautiful historic churches we visited, with artwork well worth taking the time for a peek. So much history and beautiful buildings--well worth every minute!!

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Farnham, Surrey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This was a really good location where there are actually three churches to visit all leading into each other. fascinating.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Interesting unique early church complex. My husband went back twice to make sure that he didn't miss anything.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

-A must visit, at Bologna. Luckily, when we were there, it was not crowded and hence our visit was very good. See this magical place and go back in time. -You will be walking through history. This Basilica consisting of a few churches, built over different times are simple, very different and beautiful in its own right. - Calm place... More 

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Bonn, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Take time to go through all the seven churches within this complex. If you are lucky, you may even catch the monks saying their prayers. Spend some time at the gift shop where you can buy organic beauty and food products as well as religious items. Don't just concentrate on the interior. Have a look as well at the walls... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

A great range of art and a wonderful history. Give yourself plenty of time for a wander and arm yourself with a good guide book!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

I found them evocative and beautiful in their simplicity; only problem the crowd visiting them, you realy have to concentrate to forget the noisy people around and focus on the meditative spirit that the place evokes, maybe erly in the morning would be best

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We never visited a church like this, consisting out of several churches, each of a different kind. Impressive and surprising. Walking from one part to the other one, it was like we were a little discovery tour. A medieval pulpit of stone impressed us.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

One of the more interesting churches. Parts of it were over very old. I wish I could have learned more about the history of it while there or even before going. Some interesting artifacts but all in Italian.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

If you are in Bologna, you need to see this. Multiple churches in one place. Make sure you read about it in advance or take the written guide from inside to know what you are looking at.

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