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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  • August 17, 2017
    A church of grand scale with an interesting history. It is worth paying the 3 euros to go into the only area you need to pay for - the frescos are incredibly well preserved and you get an audioguide g...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Beautiful basilica, strict controls, well maintained in the collection. Great location and characteristic.
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  • August 17, 2017
    San Petronio is the protector of Bologna and he's dedicated the basilica containing a dua relic and covering one side of Piazza Maggiore. It is very interesting from several points: artistic, architectural and historical ... It is said that the present building was supposed to be the top of a building at the plant made by hams ... Would become more imposing of Saint Peter in Rome! This could not be so the construction was limited to its current size. It is said also that the money for the completion of the façade had been spent for other companies! .... Well, this is the result ... all in all not bad ... given the vicissitudes that have accompanied the construction! What is true ... What fake??? MAh!!!??? LB
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  • Nice cathedral, free to view but can't take photos unless you pay 3€
  • An awe inspiring visit to Balogna, Italia started at the Basilica di San Petronio. As you pass through the entrance the beauty and craftsmanship takes your breath away. The feeling of peacefulness and centuries of history stays with you long after you walk out the doors and enter the beautiful Piazza Maggorie.
  • Majestic and imposing symbol of the city ', austere and sober interior, stands on the main square, and it defines an entire side. Gorgeous
  • the first plan was to finish all facade in marble but then they decided to money give to university in education so that is reason that you could see on facade just one part covered with marble
  • A beautiful Cathedral. A visit to Bologna should include a stop here.

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