Basilica di Santa Maria dei Servi

Basilica di Santa Maria dei Servi, Bologna

Basilica di Santa Maria dei Servi

Basilica di Santa Maria dei Servi
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Erika
Caracas, Venezuela8,871 contributions
Pretty
Aug 2020
Pretty complex. Is really worth it the visit so I really recommend it. The architecture is more or less like all in Bologna.
Written September 12, 2020
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom4,026 contributions
Check Opening Hours before Going
May 2019
If you are walking around historic Bologna, this is an interesting church to look out for. It is not a must-see but it has 2 features of note - a 13th century Madonna painting by Cimabue and the marble altar piece by one of Michelangelo’s students.
I’d recommend checking opening hours before going because it closes for a big chunk of time in the middle of the day. We should have checked because we got caught out and couldn't go inside. For future reference, it’s open 8:30am - 12 every day, closed from 12 – 4 and opens again in the afternoons from 4.00pm - 7,00pm on Tues - Sunday.
From the outside it is fairly non-descript. It’s a large Gothic structure, the main feature being an unusual open courtyard in the front surrounded by columned arches. It would be great in December, when they hold a Christmas market here. The surrounding porticoes are the widest (but not the longest) porticoes in Bologna and you can walk around the church under them.
It’s only about 10 min walk from the two towers. We did a pleasant afternoon stroll walking from the towers down Via Vitale, taking note of Palazzo Fantuzzi and the Torresotto ‘short tower’ on the way. We then headed down Strada Maggiore to the basilica. You can walk around the basilica under the porticoes. Other points of interest were the Palazzo Hercolani (opposite the basilica), Casa Di Rossini, Casa Isolani and St Bartolomeo church (a little further on). Finally we got to the Palazzo Mercanzia (which was the most interesting building) and from there we were only a couple of minutes the Piazza Maggiore where we sat with an Aperol looking across at the giant San Petronius basilica. A good afternoon walk.
Written December 10, 2019
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Patricia G
Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom161 contributions
Very surprising.
Oct 2019
I went to Mass in this church. A lovely experience. There is a series of beautiful chapels.
The church has a Cimabue fresco on the altar, and there are many other fragmented frescoes around the church.
I especially liked the Our Lady of Sorrows.
Written October 24, 2019
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Bunyip Adventures
West Lothian, UK160 contributions
A big surprise inside a plain side door from the street.
Oct 2019
We were not sure what this place was or if even access was allowed, following another couple in the size and splendor of the place is something else and well worth an hour to walk around.
Written October 12, 2019
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545medva
Budapest, Hungary3,975 contributions
Beautiful church
Sep 2019
It is very difficult to make any difference after a while among the churches when you are in Italy. Most of them are full with excellent art work. Here you can wonder the alter painting of Cimabue.
Written September 13, 2019
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malcsaville
Stroud, UK952 contributions
Grand Church
Sep 2019
The approach is stunning, through a rare quadriporticus. The Church has a fresco from the 1300's of the pregnant virgin Mary. A Gothic Jewel!
Written September 9, 2019
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Das1844
Cheadle, UK28 contributions
Four attempts to get in!
Jul 2019 • Family
When travelling in Italy, we try and set out all the churches, museums and places of significance to see.

This church was hardly ever open during our stay, and in our final attempt it was open but due to close about 20 mins later.

The website is very unhelpful in terms of opening times, but it was close to the main centre, so we walked passed it every other day.
Written July 24, 2019
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Peter H
Flensburg, Germany169 contributions
Nice to see the science in it
Jan 2019 • Business
The basilica is nice, and what makes it particular is that one can see the connection between science and arts (and religion).This is materialized by a line on the floor which is a meridian (and shows the date at the moment of the local noon).
Written January 26, 2019
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steve_vstheworld
Hafnarfjordur, Iceland399 contributions
Best church in Bologna
Jan 2019 • Couples
If you’re a lover of churches, Bologna is a great city with many amazing buildings to see, but this one in particular stands out as the best church in town. If you’re lucky you may even get to hear the organ being played which is a fantastic experience.
Written January 3, 2019
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JohnandMarylou
Milton, MA444 contributions
Worth a visit
Oct 2018 • Couples
We passed right by this church on the walk from our hotel to the center of Bologna and were definitely glad we stopped in. It is quiet and is much more beautiful and interesting on the inside than on the outside. We were lucky to have volunteer docents there to tell us about the Cimabue painting at one of the side altars.
Written October 27, 2018
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