Basilica San Francesco

Basilica San Francesco, Bologna

Basilica San Francesco
4.5
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Neighborhood: Saragozza

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Hazel P
Toronto, Canada301 contributions
Worth it
Sep 2019 • Couples
The basilica is a beautiful architectural, historical & religious landmark. The artwork inside is amazing. There is more than one level to this basilica with only stairs (as far as I know) to reach the other levels. I love St. Francis for his affinity for animals & his belief that love & peace is important for all beings.

We came to visit Assisi on the Greenline Tour. When we arrived in Assisi a local guide took us on a walking tour of the town. There are many twisting streets & almost every building seems to have some kind of art on the front depicting St. Francis.

At the basilica itself the souvenir shop is on an upper level. They have medallions, coins, snow globes, books, bags, soap, chocolate & many other souvenirs. I bought some medallions for friends, family & also myself.

I feel as if I didn’t get enough time to spend here. Someday I would love to come back & spend more time getting to know the town of Assisi.
Written September 15, 2019
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BrushM
Oxford, UK1,290 contributions
Worth a visit
Sep 2019
Not far from the Piazza Maggiore and although it's a little off the main track it's worth a look if you have time
Written September 7, 2019
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia9,575 contributions
Off the beaten track
Jul 2019 • Family
We bumped on this Church accidentally while looking for a dinner recommendation in that way. It's some 15 min walk west of the main Piazza Maggiore.
However it was nice to visit it, a combination of Romanesque and Gothic architecture and a beautiful altar piece. Several bishop tombs outside in the garden.
Written August 4, 2019
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Marla7
Naas, Ireland680 contributions
One of my favourite churches in Bologna
Jul 2019 • Couples
Worth a visit especially if you are in the Pratello area, not far from Piazza Maggiore in any case. It's a very impressive romanesque/gothic basilica and has a fascinating history like everywhere in Bologna.
Written July 16, 2019
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Mikael F
Vantaa, Finland18,652 contributions
A combination of Romanesque, Gothic and early Renaissance
Jun 2019 • Couples
This church for the Franciscan community was completed in 1254.

The church has a Romanesque facade and two bell towers.

The interior is French Gothic architecture.
Written July 1, 2019
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Steve_of_N21
London, UK1,678 contributions
Interesting church and worth the walk to find it.
May 2019 • Couples
The Basilica San Francesco is a bit to the west of the centre of all the action in Bologna but fortunately our B&B was on this side of town so relatively easy to find for us and its very close to Via del Pratello with its collection of interesting bars and restaurants. However it’s worth the walk to find this one as it is an interesting church of differing architectural styles, including having twin towers, set in its own Piazza.
Not the most ornate of interiors but the marble stone altarpiece is probably worth a visit on its own.
Written June 11, 2019
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dennist655
Brentwood, UK30 contributions
Giro 2019
May 2019 • Solo
It is a bit of a walk to get to from Piazza Maggiore but well worth the visit. Spectacular inside and very few people about.
Written May 13, 2019
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Mukund65
Pune, India104 contributions
Big Bascilica
Apr 2019 • Solo
A huge building, and one of the big bascilicas in have seen. It is standing away from the Piazza Maggiore, but in a walkable distance.
Written April 7, 2019
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Nicholas H
London, UK20,581 contributions
Wonderful altar screen
Mar 2019 • Friends
This was the church that set the template for the design of Franciscan churches in mediaeval times, though in its final state it was probably too ornate and too large for the taste of the austere St Francis. It is a magnificent piece of early Gothic church architecture, both inside and out. The highlight must be the magnificent carved stone altar screen. The three tombs of the Glossatori behind the church on the side of what is now a main road past it are also interesting. This is an absolute must see for visitors to Bologna.
Written March 26, 2019
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LondonVectis
London132 contributions
Definitely worth a visit...
Mar 2019 • Couples
Beautiful gothic religious space, impression that it is run effectively, and open to worshippers and visitors.
Written March 25, 2019
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