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Basilica di Santo Stefano

Via Santo Stefano, 24, 40125 Bologna, Italy (Santo Stefano)
+39 051 223256
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Ranked #1 of 136 Attractions in Bologna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites
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Chennai (Madras), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

Looks simple from the outside, but very interesting inside. They have recreated the tomb of Jesus found in Jerusalem. Also found here are pillars and flooring from the ancient roman empire. This place is just a few hundred meters from the main square.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Tired of the crowds under the porticos and swarming over the streets of Via Independenza and in Piazza Maggiore, we wandered toward Santo Stefano and found a more local scene but the mass was just starting on a Saturday about 6 pm so we didn't get inside to see the amazing series of churches of different eras.

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

From the outside it looks very small, but when you go in ... wow ... each 'room' is a chapel in it's own right and feels like you are going from one historical treasure to another. Highly recommend going to view this.

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

Do buy the guidebook, the Lady by the entrance sells them. Sat outside the gift shop in a garden area to read it, very peaceful. Could spend at least half a day there, marvelling at the history and architecture. The toilets are in the gift shop, totally unmarked and no signs to get there (read the plans to find them).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

According to what we read. A little hard to read the booklet as you are trying to find your way around these 4 connected churches. Not sure we saw everything and English is not spoken by attendants.

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Schodack, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

We stopped to have lunch We were inside for about 5 minutes and were asked to leave as they close from 1-3 as most places do in Italy - kind of a bummer since we were tourists but we should have realized the time. Which does get away from you on vacation. We didnt go back.

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Bologna, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

santo stefano is a magic place .When you arrive in the square you see in front of you this fantastic old church. It is composed by seven churchs built in the middle ages, everyone is different from the other with different styles but they compose a unique wonderful basilica. If you visit it you will find a magic atmosphere and... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

As recommended by other reviewers, walk through the churches without stopping and purchase the San Stefano info book in English so that you can appreciate what the site has to offer. There is a nice restaurant directly across the street with outdoor seating but check the hours beforehand.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

from the monks coming from Tibães (Braga) they were to Bologna. Its a 7 church complex interconnecting each other and with very nice claustros. Theres a small shop with products such as chocolate from very old recipes...

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Oswestry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Rather than enlarging or modernising the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built in the 5th century as a half size copy of the original in Jerusalem, other churches were built around it. ( The original in Jerusalem no longer exists, as it has been rebuilt several times over the centuries) Parts of the building were brought from Jerusalem and date... More

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