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“A very holy place of worship” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Basilica di San Petronio

Basilica di San Petronio
Piazza Maggiore, Bologna, Italy (Santo Stefano)
051-22-5442
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Ranked #19 of 132 attractions in Bologna
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“A very holy place of worship”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

We were there for Good Friday service in the evening,and the Basilica was packed with people of all walks of life.The service was
just so beautiful,with all the Priests,Bishops,and not forgetting the
fabulous Choir.And on Easter Sunday we were there to celebrate
this wonderful feast day of Jesus Christ.It was so holy.

Visited March 2013
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“Basilica with the meridional line engraved on the floor”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013 via mobile

You can see some work still being done on the basilica.
Is size is impressive. Fotos are not alowed :(
There is on the center a Wood structure, very nice. The is a line on the floor, that represents the meridional line, and all the zodiac signs.

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Senlis, France
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“World biggest sundial”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

Also not so easy to find the Sundial... even tough it is the biggest in the world... we were expecting it to be round and on the outside... facing south most probably...
but not, it is a line inside... with a hole in the roof where the light comes in once a day and show the day of the year along the line.

Visited March 2013
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“Go to see the sun dial”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

Enormous and fascinating - especially the sun dial in the floor. It's unusual to see this kind of astronomy chart inside a catholic church.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“Don't miss the meridian”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

This may be an impressive place of worship with interesting art but our main interest was to see the image of the sun crossing the meridian set in the marble floor at about midday, giving the date. The spectacle occurred at about 12.30 when we visited in February and we were a bit confused by the date until we realised that the numbers are not the actual date. Obviously, you need a sunny day.
The scaffolding for the renovation work also gives acces to a platform giving views over the city and the experience is well worth the small fee.

Visited February 2013
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