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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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Unfinished for centuries

This church is the most important building in Bologna occupying a prominent place on the central plaza. Outside, the work is half finished and has been for 100s of years, but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed today
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London
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

This church is the most important building in Bologna occupying a prominent place on the central plaza. Outside, the work is half finished and has been for 100s of years, but inside it is a grand cathedral of scale. If you want to visit, be sure to wear proper clothing, no shorts, as I saw many tourists sitting on the... More 

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Lancashire, England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Wonderful Basilica and no need to set hours aside to see it. Entry is free but note that all the descriptions of the artefacts are only in Italian so non speakers might not get the full experience.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Imposing building in a beautiful square in Bologna. Entrance is free but you need to pay to take photos. Inside is very grand, but the history of the building itself is worth reading before you see it.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This Basilica dominates Piazza Maggiore in the centre of Bologna. Hard to take your eyes off its 'two tone' facade. Inside it is a mixture of attractive side chapels (with everything from Dante's tortures of the damned to St Antonio di Pauda's care of the sick and poor. Also a meridian line cuts across the floor. the alter is imposing... More 

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doha
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A nice basilica, free entry and a bit different in that it has the calendar on the floor. As advised, I went at midday but I still couldn't figure out how it worked. You have a buy a pass in order to be allowed to take photos. I didn't bother because I don't have such strong feelings about photos especially... More 

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Princes Risborough, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a quick visit and was struck by the sheer size of the church. It is massive. Inside there are some interesting alcoves but it seemed largely plain. Would probably been better with a guide or guidebook. There were some helpful information panels outside.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A very interesting church. The front has only marble on the lower side due to reallocation of the funds (;-) ). Inside you will find Cassini's Meridian line

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This enormous basilica looms over Piazza Maggiore, the main square in Bologna- you literally can't miss it. There is some exquisite artwork on display and the sheer size of the building is breathtaking. A must see.

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Matfors, Sweden
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Calm nice place. One of not many things to see in Bologna. As a building its magnificent. Free entry.

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Kathmandu, Nepal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Free entrance. Paying €2 for pictures is worth it. It's one of the most magnificent forms of architecture that I have ever seen. Go in before 4 pm to be able to climb up for a 360 viewfinder the piazza for €3.

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