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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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I visited early in the day, before 9am, so there weren't a lot of people inside. The church was impressive in terms of size, but it isn't as richly decorated as others. For a more... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Mandaluyong, Philippines
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Mandaluyong, Philippines
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75 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I visited early in the day, before 9am, so there weren't a lot of people inside. The church was impressive in terms of size, but it isn't as richly decorated as others. For a more awe-inspiring experience, visit the Oratorio of the nearby Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

An interesting site to visit but i got a little upset about the fee charging... One must pay to take pics, to turn on the lights on the small chapels, to get information, to get inside some chapels.... on the other hand, beautiful afrescos and interesting history. I do recommend a visit! (entering was for free)

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Vermont
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I waited until one of my last days in Bologna to visit the inside of this large and central church. I am SO glad I didn't miss it! My favorite aspect of the interior are the 15th century frescos by Giovanni di Modena (you have to pay a dollar or two extra to see them). They are very controversial depictions... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

One of the largest we saw in Italy. I never did find out why the marble facing on the exterior was never finished. If it had of been, it would have been one of the most spectacular buildings of all. Still very worth seeing.

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MIlton Keynes
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I am sorry to say that I found this church rather soulless.There are many more interesting churches to visit in the area

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Niagara Falls, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The sheer expanse of this church/cathedral will blow your mind - it's like being inside a football stadium. Free admission.

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This impressive Basilica looms over the majestic Piazza Maggiore. I suggest taking a guided tour or bringing along a guidebook since there are so many things to see in this church; many individual chapels, an especially controversial painting of Heaven and Hell, (admission charge to sit in this chapel) and a "sun dial", a line along the floor on which... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth the visit, please ladies cover up bare shoulders and legs or you will be asked to purchase a gown to cover up. The magnificence of the building cannot be described. The chapels, the soaring pillars, the vast space of beautiful floors. Seeing this church is the only way to appreciate it. Check out the Meridan line

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Sao Luis, MA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This notable Basilica was built between 1390 and 1663 and it is the tenth largest church of the world by volume and it is the largest gothic style church built with bricks of the world. The facing of the main facade remains unfinished , The outstanding High Altar was refurbished many times util it was terminated in 1673. A monumental... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Free to go in and when you get in it does take your breath away - this was also within walking distance from where we were staying. We found the free visit attractions sometimes where better than the paid ones as they were a great surprise.

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