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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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TripAdvisor
  • Its a must see for anyone on a holiday that likes an old Italian Basilica. Great place to cool down and relax.  more »
  • We only stopped here since it was very near our hotel and entrance was free. There was some interesting artwork and I enjoyed the frescoes on the dome ceiling above the high altar. There St Domenico's...  more »
  • The Tomb of St Dominic is the highlight - it is a must see. The Church is in a peaceful square away from the main bustle of the city. Worth seeing - and only a few minutes walk from the centre.  more »
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  • Fantastic -- also had the opportunity of visiting the 'treasure' of the cathedral. Splendid history and artwork.
  • The prettiest part is actually behind the church, the intimate courtyard by viccolo dell'orto
  • Lovely church, steeped in history, well worth a visit and a look around. Really interesting.
  • Superb!
  • Must see when in Bologna