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Santo Stefano

Piazza Santo Stefano, 40125 Bologna, Italy (Santo Stefano)
051 223256
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Ranked #1 of 133 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 August 31, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

If there is one place that a visitor to Bologna should see, this is it.We are not religious but could not fail to be impressed by the spiritual atmosphere of Santo Stefano.Each separate church and set of cloisters has its own 'feel'. We were lucky enough to experience a service with choral voices making for a terrific atmosphere but even... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Splendid place, interesting on so many levels and profoundly beautiful and spiritual: a gem not to be missed ... were told about it by somebody on the street, went there and fell in love with it. Even made a watercolor of it. Go and see it

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

A place full of magic, symbols and memories that encompasses almost 2000 years of History. Isis, early christianity, Templar knights and the most recent world wars all in one site.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Historic church complex with many interesting stories. Loved the cloister especially, and the chapel dedicated to the air force

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Lots to explore and quite ancient. Somehow I missed it the previous trip to Bologna. The Piazza on which Santo Stefano sits was also a nice place to relax

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

amazing historical site well worth a visit a oasis of calm within the city. So interesting to see & churches within the one enclave.

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