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Basilica di San Petronio, Bologna

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Church Historic Site
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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  • Beautiful Basilica that is definitely worth a visit. I had to borrow my partners T-shirt because it is not respectful to enter in shorts, tank tops, or anything showing your shoulders. Happy to respec...  more »
  • This is a 'must do' for any visit to Bologna, the place is immense with many alcove's and alters to explore. There was a G7 environmental summit going on at the time and the basilica was decked out fo...  more »
  • Great history about why it's unfinished. Amazing inside with the chapels and unique sundial. Went inside 3 or 4 times to read all about it and took the Audio tour. Worth it.  more »
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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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