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Basilica di San Petronio, Bologna

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.3/5 based on 1,800+ reviews on the web
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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  • My husband and I visited Bologna, Italy last week and went to see the Basilica of San Petronio, the patron saint of Bologna. The church itself is being repaired and there are scaffolds and nets all ar...  read more »
  • Visited on our honeymoon, this is quite simply amazing get to see, 2 euros to take pictures is a bargain and this site is a must see 
  • Many people around this square; also many shops and restaurants. The Basilica is beautiful inside and very nicely laid out. 
  • A very big church with fairly simple architecture. Three things to look for; 1)the sun line let into the north-east floor, 2) the upper west windows before sunset cast beautiful light throughout, 3) the terra-cotta 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.
  • My home-owning girlfriend, who earns way above the national average income, was asked to leave because she foolishly chose to wear a skirt. There were no men available to chaperone her to the Basilica later that evening, so unfortunately she missed out on the experience. Her feeble female brain just couldn't comprehend why the sight of a fraction of her legs on a hot day was so offensive, thus unfortunately, she was upset. She must have been menstruating at the time.
  • 1. It is worth visiting the lateral chapel for the amazing fresco painted by Giovanni da Modena, which represents a scene from Dante Alighieri's Inferno. 2. On a sunny day, try to visit the church around noon to see Cassini's calendar based on the height of the sun.
  • Great place to visit! A definite must!
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