Basilica di San Petronio, Bologna

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The 15th largest church in the world, Basilica di San Petronio is the main place of worship of Bologna. The basilica has been home to the sacred relics of its namesake since 2000, but its claim to fame is its history of sacred instrumental and choral music. Two grand organs installed in 1476 and 1596 often fill the main chapel with music. In the 17th century, astronomer Giovanni Domenico Cassini designed a sundial that's in the paved ground outside the basilica on the left. At 66.8 m (219 ft), it is the longest sundial in the world. Use our Bologna sightseeing planner to visit Basilica di San Petronio on your trip to Bologna, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • The basilica of San Petronio is considered one of the biggest in Europe, and seeing it you will understand why, is massive and very impressive. Easy to get to downtown. Externally is characterized by the contrast of color and beautiful staircase front. In beautiful frescoes and stained glass Windows. Free but few chapels surcharge, as that of the Magi, highly recommended.
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  • Just one word ... Majesty ..... I felt really small in there ... from the huge and long columns to the care of every detail to the freezing cold inside ... speechless!!!
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  • I liked visited the Cathedral of San Petronio. It highlights the chapel of los Reyes Mayos. The project at the time of Bologna: "la grossa, dotta, rose" was that the Cathedral was larger than St. Peter's in Rome, but could not overcome it and was left unfinished.
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  • Stunning church! Beautiful during daylight, especially during a solar midday as you can see the massive meridian working. On December 21 you can actually see the oval of light on its farest point. I would suggest to come early to get closer to the sunlight landing point. It is possible to book a tour on its roof but it is always subject to availability so I would suggest to book far ahead of time.
  • Was enjoying the visit with rich historical and architectural significance, until I was told by an old hag who works there to remove my hat. I have no qualms of removing the hat out of courtesy and respect of the sanctuary, but I have a problem being singled out while the rest of tourists still allowed to wear their hats without restrictions. Seems like people from certain ethnic origin being singled out for damnation, while others for salvation. Kudos to Lord of Discrimination.
  • This is one of the most famous place in Bologna just in front of Piazza Maggiore. The Basilica is very big but inside I don't like it. I don't like the policy inside it's really bad system... try it... inside you can adopt a stone and you must pay a ticket for taking pics... very bad system!!!! I recommend it.
  • one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen... I recommend every one who comes to bologna go and see this place.
  • Excellent monument of medieval culture and architecture. You are going to find wonderful frescoes of XIV - XV centuries inside. Visitors are allowed to take non commercial photo without flash light.

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