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Santo Stefano

Santo Stefano 24, 40125 Bologna, Italy (Santo Stefano)
051-223-256
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Ranked #3 of 128 attractions in Bologna
Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
22 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

This is different, the churches inside are small, old & of different shapes. The courtyard is lovely, in the sun with all the flowers in bloom. Just sit there and admire the architecture. If the weathers good, then sit by the arcade, just off to the side, watching everyone rush about, thats the tourists, all those that stroll & chat... More

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London, UK
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32 attraction reviews
189 helpful votes 189 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

This is a complex of churches dating back to 400 AD - and based on a pagan temple pre-dating that. It is very pretty and interesting, with unique architecture and some nice wall paintings. Recommended.

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Tehran, Iran
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103 reviews 103 reviews
32 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

A great place to visit, so nice , mysterious , simple but grandiose....it goes from one room to another. Medieval style , high ceiling, simple design and so spiritual. The garden is very pretty and at night the light makes it amazing. Cant miss this place

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New York City, New York
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227 reviews 227 reviews
57 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

This is a very strange ensemble of churches and cloisters built more or less on top of each other over the centuries. Not particularly pleasing to the eye but intriguing nonetheless.

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London, United Kingdom
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59 attraction reviews
167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

From the outside I did not expect too much. Once inside though it was just amazing to discover church after church. I would definitely visit again. The area around is also lovely for a coffee or something stronger!

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Montreal, Canada
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7 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

A must see in Bologna, close to the Centre and a trip back in time with the wonderful palazzo and the medieval church. On a sunny day simply sitting at a café taking in the scenenary. Also very interesting during the antique fair every second weekends of the month.

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St. Andrews, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

It went on and on for ever. Amazing place to visit. Well worth going to and very central. The lady at the desk was very helpful.

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Algonac, Michigan
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39 reviews 39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Lucky enough to have had a great day (weather) to be able to walk around and see the entire place. The grounds are excellent with the stone roads. The buildings are amazing to look at and see all that went into them. While the place was quite busy on a Sunday, it never fell too crowded. This is one of... More

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Rome, Italy
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61 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

The Bolognese call this area Seven Churches. Santo Stefano combines three interconnected ones from different periods, with cloisters, tombs, chapels, and a museum shop that sells liqueurs and beauty products made by various monasteries. The Pilates basin and St Peter's rooster are worth noting, but it's the diverse architectural styles spanning the centuries that held the most fascination for me.

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Hoogland, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

The Abbazia di Santo Stefano is a real must. Religious art from the 4th till 19th century. Architecture, painting. If I had to choose one site to revisit, it would be Santo Stefano.

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