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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. Plan your visit to Basilica di San Petronio and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Bologna itinerary planner.
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  • Good example of Italian Gothic architecture, was built according to the plan of Antonio de Vicente (1390). Surprisingly, its facade, unfinished, covered with marble only in its lower part. In addition to the interior chapels, with magnificent altarpieces and statues, should pay attention to the line of the meridian of 67m long, from 1655, which allows you to see the evolution of the time zone. It is on the left side of the ship and makes this church unique in the world.
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  • Overlooking piazza Maggiore giving a touch of curiosity and an invitation to get in. The fact of being in front of an unfinished work, leaves room for the imagination and questions. It's impressive on the outside and really special inside. It's the sixth European basilica. Worth a visit
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  • Being from Bologna I visit often, now finally without scaffolding of any kind! To visit!
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  • This is a really beautiful church with a rich history about its construction. Inside you can find a sundial, a device that tells the time of day by the apparent position of the Sun in the sky
  • It's free to get in, so if you went to piazza maggiore make sure to get in and have look,it's amazing inside,with all the vitray paintings on windows and sculptures
  • I'm not big architecture fan, but this is definitely worth visiting. Entrance is free, but as in many places in Italy, you need to pay 2€ to get photo permit. The church is huge and impressive, includes 22 chapels and interesting Meridian line, designed by famous astronomer Cassini, showing days of a year I believe and also used to measure solar year. This is what I understood anyway.
  • Outstanding and impressive cathedral with many exquisite works of art throughout.
  • The Basilica di San Petronio is definitely worth seeing, especially since it's free to get in. Keep in mind, though, that you must pay €2.00 if you want to take photos inside. Otherwise, a staff member might come over to scold you.