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Basilica di San Petronio

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Address: Piazza Maggiore, Bologna, Italy
Phone Number: 051-22-5442
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One of the largest churches in the world

15th largest in the world according to Wikipedia and 3rd largest in Italy according to our guide. It looks big on the outside but you really do not appreciate its size until you... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Fishers, Indiana
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Fishers, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

15th largest in the world according to Wikipedia and 3rd largest in Italy according to our guide. It looks big on the outside but you really do not appreciate its size until you are inside. It is mammoth. If you have been to the Vatican or Duomo in Milan, you will appreciate this one also. Beautiful windows, altar, frescoes. Main... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

You can't realise how big this church is from outside, but when you go in, you will say "wow". It's huge and very beautiful. Don't be missled by the exterior and go ahead and visit.

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Kent, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A cathedral worthy to rival the one in Rome surely, absolutely breathtaking the amount of ingenuity and craftmanship was involves, every inch is perfectly placed and created. Magnificent place and a masterpiece in architecture, one of the greatest buildings in the world.

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Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Beautiful church. The organist practiced early baroque pieces during our visit (probably Frescobaldi), which was a lovely experience. Worth going in.

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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

One of the largest churches in Europe if not the world. Big and bulky but fairly unattractive from the outside. Massive inside, dark and cavernous. with numerous chapels and works of art hanging on the walls. Impressive due to its enormous size.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a fantastic Basilica. Amazing to contemplate what it would have looked like if it were completed. Located at Piazza Maggiore. Entry is free. Centrally located. A few euros to be able to take photos.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What an amazing history this Basilica has and the time it has taken to reach the stage that is now at. Inside it is huge and very ornate. So much to see and to look at. Well worth a look while in Bologna.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Basilica of San Petronio is the main church of Bologna. It sits in the middle of Piazza Maggiore. Easily accessible on foot or via the bus station. One of the largest churched in the world, it is the largest (Gothic and totally) church built in bricks of the world. It is a huge church with 22 chapels. The Bolognese consider this to... More 

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Glendora, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This Basilica was huge and the fresco's very amazing. Need to see the sun dial calendar that is protected on the floor of the church. Photos can be taken for an added cost. Need to obtain a guide to hear the stories. Trafalgar can provide great service to this Basilica.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Men with short pants and women with 50% covered shoulders are allowed to enter the church... BUT if your pants as a woman are not reaching your knees, you have to stay outside. They do not offer any alternative like other churches of something you can wear during the visit. I can understand these rules, but what are you supposed... More 

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