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Basilica di San Domenico, Bologna

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Just a small church when Saint Dominic, founder of the Order of the Preachers, came to Bologna in 1218, Basilica di San Domenico grew quickly after the saint’s death in 1221. Outside, you will see the Romanesque facade that dates back to 1240. The interior was redone in a Baroque style in the early 1700s. Visit the shrine to Saint Dominic, which holds his sarcophagus to this day, and admire the many works of art within the church, including early sculptures by Michelangelo. When not busy, the lights inside the chapel are often switched off, so ask for them to be turned on before you enter. To visit Basilica di San Domenico and other attractions in Bologna, use our Bologna travel itinerary planner.
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  • It should be a must for every tourist in Bologna, this ancient basilica Bologna, rich in history and art. Here's the Ark with the remains of the Saint, religious and artistic reference. Then the blade literally takes your breath.
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  • We visited Bologna during the day, this is not one of the first stops for importance, but definitely worth it.
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  • At a Conference in Bologna I visited the basilica of San Domenico and I was enchanted. Pala di San Domenico included much more than just the eye can see, advice to take advantage of the opportunity to visit it with a guide. A must if you go to Bologna.
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  • Been there in October. Was great to be in the place that has several hundreds of years of history.
  • Very beautiful place
  • Cute
  • The joy of being accompanied on his visit by a Dominican and a must do to savor many small details that otherwise would escape
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  • Important philosophical studies. Terrific, splendid library kiosk.
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