Basilica di San Domenico

Basilica di San Domenico, Bologna

Basilica di San Domenico
4.5
Historic Sites • Religious Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
Monday
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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Neighborhood: Santo Stefano
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DudeWithGlasses
Los Angeles, CA316 contributions
Lovely church
May 2021
Lovely church. Beautiful inside and out. A church of significance and easy to find in a great location.
Written June 2, 2021
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Erika
Caracas, Venezuela8,876 contributions
Another important church
Aug 2020
Another important church to visit in Bologna. It's architecture and decoration is really pretty and is worth the visit.
Written September 12, 2020
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rdudhia211
London, UK66 contributions
Make sure to visit this church
Aug 2020
This may be a bit out of the tourist trek, but it is a really serene and beautiful church with original early works of Michelangelo. It gives you a really good understanding of the Dominican order.
Written August 5, 2020
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Jo_and_Tom
Anna, OH1,440 contributions
Beautiful Church - our guide pointed out Michaelangelo's David on the tomb
Mar 2020
This church is very close to Hotel Touring. Looking at it you wouldn't think much of it until you get inside and have a guide who tells the story of the Church. The Tomb of Saint Dominic (Dominican founder) is located here. One of his relics is his skull entombed in a gold reliquary which is at the back of the altar. Michaelangelo was several years in Bologna as a student. One of his contribution to the tomb was a small "Clothed David" and his student also contributed a statue to same tomb. Outside were some unusual tombs which are elevated versus on the ground. They are two of the Bologna University founders - Doctors of Law. The one interesting point our guide explained that Beethoven played in this church when his father was Music Master. Beethoven in order to play had to pass a test and couldn't because he didn't know music theory on how to compose, even though he was composing at that age. Finally the choir master stated this boy was a genius and his compositions were far superior than other organ players so he was allowed to play.
Written March 29, 2020
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Jivko V
Sofia, Bulgaria1,543 contributions
Basilica
Jan 2020
Basilica di San Domenico is centrally located and is a very beautiful and big basilica. There is an altar/sculptor of Michelangelo inside it.
Written March 8, 2020
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P4020ZIdavidj
United Kingdom27 contributions
Don't miss it
Feb 2020 • Solo
The beautiful frescoes and paintings in the cupula are incredible. There are some works on Michelangelo in the tomb of S. Domenico. Very central, its worthy to visit, you will not be disappointed.
Written February 27, 2020
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Bill A
Spring Lake, NJ444 contributions
Another beautiful church
Feb 2020 • Couples
It always amazes me that a city the size of Bologna could have so many beautiful churches the size of San Domenico. But, it has. And, Basilica di San Dimenico should not be missed. The highlights include two side chapels that are more ornate than the main altar and the choir section behind the altar.
Written February 19, 2020
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Patricia G
Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom161 contributions
More beautiful chapels.
Oct 2019
This is one of the most beautiful churches. Most interesting is the Arca to Niccolo Pisano’s tomb which was carved by Niccolo di Bari. There is a Filipino Lippi painting too.
Written October 23, 2019
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sue_wombat
Hong Kong, China69 contributions
Amazing marquetry
Oct 2019
There are lots of churches in Bologna, and you can get overloaded with them. But this is special for the marquetry in the choir stalls behind the main altar. It is not obviously which way you go to see them, but preserve. It is well worth it. Once described as the 7th wonder of the world. ,
Written October 8, 2019
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Wanda W. W
Gentofte Municipality, Denmark561 contributions
Impressive history lesson
Sep 2019 • Friends
The cathedral is huge and impressive structure, reflecting its history, and so are its surroundings. One of the paintings is of Filippino Lippi, the famous renaissance painter
Written September 30, 2019
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  • Mon - Fri 3:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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