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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 134 Attractions in Bologna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites
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Bologna, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This is a very amazing place. It's multiple chapels in one. The oldest actually built in Roman times. Go first to the store at the end and buy a guide in English. Then, start at the beginning. (Book guide is 5 euros.) The signs are only in Italian.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

There is a church inside another one. There is a beautiful little chapel too. There is a little museum and a shop. It's a must do in Bologne.

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Bologna, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

when a place is sacred, is sacred forever, doesn't matter to which religion. So is Santo Stefano to me. The Rubbiani brothers, at the beginning of th XXth century, worked its facade out as a middle age romanic church "should have been". Nevertheless, it preserves its beauty and its "aura". Nobody visiting Bologna should miss the internal Chiostro (true middle... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We had taken an unplanned day trip to Bologna. Quickly stopped at TI and picked up a map and walked around and hit the "highlights" of this city and Santo Stefano was one of them. I wish we had known more about this place before stepping in because there is so much more there than just walking through and being... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The santo Stefano was very beautiful. We arrived near dusk into Bologna and we went straight there in hopes of seeing it. Breathtaking. I am extremely religious and I feel blessed to be able to travel recently and seeing this gorgeous holy place was the highlight of Bologna. Very spiritual and peaceful. You almost feel like a different level of... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Why people over the years decided it was a good idea to keep building churches and linking them together to create S. Stefano defies a logical explanation. I suppose it seemed like a good idea every time it came up. Anyhow, you very likely have never seen anything quite like this, and I question whether there is anything similar anywhere... More

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