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Basilica San Francesco, Bologna

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  • The first attractions in Bologna. After this we got a feel for how the rest of it persistently. Vast and beautiful temple.
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  • The great Romanesque-Gothic structure's architectural skeleton of St. Francis, seems like a great armor, a shield consisting of strong pillars taper upwards and wrap the overwhelming ambience of this magnificent church with three aisles. Seeing the brick façade with wind, where the side rosettes give highlights to heaven. Don't miss the marble reredos of the high altar, the work of Pierpaolo and Jacobello dalle Masegne, performed between 1389 and 1392. Walks in the magnificent ambulatory of the presbytery and see it outside with the impressive flying buttresses. Don't miss one of the Bolognese and Italian historical places: the tombs of the glossators of the 13th century, located outside behind the apse, which evoke arcane Anatolian monuments or Persians: for those who don't know the glossators between the 11th and 13th centuries, were groundbreaking scholars the Justinian law and because they stamped the glosses, namely objective interpretations of legal fees. Their social significance at that time was very high, that's why so much magnificence to their graves. Here those of Accursius and his son Francesco, Odofredus Ronaldino novels (+1284) and (+1265).
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  • The Basilica of San Francesco is one of the most characteristic monuments of Bologna and also a remarkable expression of the French Gothic style (recognisable especially for the presence of the apse exterior buttresses). Its construction took place at the beginning of the 13th century and, from 1798 and the 1886 was repeatedly closed and reopened for worship. Built in honour of the Saint of Assisi, who preached in Piazza Maggiore, inside a magnificent altarpiece. The construction was started in 1236 and ended in 1263. Together with the Church and a convent were built and a cemetery that greeted the tombs of many lawyers and doctors of Bologna. Today there are only three gravestones or Arche of (famous) Glossators: Accursio and his son Francesco, Odofredus and Rolandino Dei Romanzi jurist. In 1796 the Church suffered the plundering of French troops: the convent was suppressed and the Church, desecrated and further stripped of artworks, it was used as a barracks. It was reopened for worship in 1842 to become after a few decades a military warehouse. It was again reopened for worship in 1886. Afterwards thanks to accurate restorations of Alfonso Rubbiani (1886/1919) could regain the primitive appearance. But it doesn't end there ... a bombing in July 1943 the further reduced to ruins and just a few years later the basilica was returned to its original splendor thanks to the restoration completed in 1949, civil engineering and the Superintendency of Monuments, under the direction of Alfredo Ba. Inside notable is the marble altarpiece of the high altar carved between the Venetians and 1388 1393 Jacobello dalle Masegne and Pier Paolo. Among the many grave monuments along the walls of considerable importance is the sepulchral monument, Quarry, of antipope Alexander V. The Interior is austere and magnificent with arches and columns in pilastro (French-inspired but made in local material IE red brick) apse, ambulatory and radial chapels (one of which is the tomb of Alfonso Rubbiani). Interesting the cloister of the dead from where you can see the buttresses and the back of the façade and two bell towers (the lowest level of the second half of the 13th century and the other by the architect a. Daniel's late fourteenth century) and where one breathes peace. ... Not one of my favorite churches in Bologna but a visit is an absolute must visit to be completed with a look at Piazza Malpighi where the view on the architecture of the Church is magnificent. If you go during the Christmas holidays do not forget a visit to mechanical crib ... very impressive. We joined a guided tour with Didasco: highly recommended!
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