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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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  • If completed, as planned, would have been nothing short of astonishing, but perhaps the fact of being unfinished abroad makes it more appealing and more interesting to discover your voyage details and views of other beautiful churches in the city are completed. Inside there are altars of note as the Sundial. If you can go in the false ceiling to discover what lies beneath the roof.
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  • Of the most beautiful Italy went! Very representative of his time! Much I liked the simplicity and elegance of its construction
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  • We arrived at the Piazza Maggiore and the facade of the basilica drew our attention by its architecture, colors, greatness and the combination of materials. The interior is classic, with many contrasts and details in marble. One of the most beautiful basilicas of the city.
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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.