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Centro San Domenico, Bologna
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Just a small church when Saint Dominic, founder of the Order of the Preachers, came to Bologna in 1218, Centro San Domenico grew quickly after the saint’s death in 1221. Outside, you will see the Romanesque facade that dates back to 1240. The interior was redone in a Baroque style in the early 1700s. Visit the shrine to Saint Dominic, which holds his sarcophagus to this day, and admire the many works of art within the church, including early sculptures by Michelangelo. When not busy, the lights inside the chapel are often switched off, so ask for them to be turned on before you enter. To visit Centro San Domenico and other attractions in Bologna, use our Bologna travel itinerary planner.
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  • I had visited the Basilica, but came back to discover new details and get carried away by the atmosphere of serenity. The Ark is wonderful, created by important artists of the likes of Nicola Pisano and Michelangelo, in my opinion, is one of the greatest treasures of our great country!
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  • We walked to this church, about six blocks from central Bologna. As others have said, where else do you see this number of Michelangelo works without any crowds to fight. For those who are interested ...  more »
  • It will be for the devotion to the Saint, but in this basilica I am so excited, I recommend it to anyone around here
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  • Been there in October. Was great to be in the place that has several hundreds of years of history.
  • Very beautiful place
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  • The joy of being accompanied on his visit by a Dominican and a must do to savor many small details that otherwise would escape
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  • Important philosophical studies. Terrific, splendid library kiosk.
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