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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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  • The majestic Cathedral. It is well worth a visit to see the Central Chapel. For a small fee you can get on the choruses.
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  • The Basilica is already beautiful than her but the visit was even more charming thanks to the stories of the Guide (a Dominican friar). Father Adriano explained in great detail the life of the Saint and of the entire order especially at the time of the Inquisition. The tour lasts more than two hours but with this wonderful guide the time there appeared to be flown. If you want to see the Basilica try daily Facebook page where you make the tour because it's really worth. Many thanks to father Adriano.
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  • By chance we could enjoy the guided tour of the Basilica of a Dominican friar. A beautiful experience three hours immersed in the history of the Basilica: the arca di San Domenico, the choir inlaid, the cell where he died the Holy Pope's original Bull of the proclamation in Santo and finally a visit to the Tribunal of the Inquisition. If you want to visit the Basilica ask first when there are the guided visits, please!
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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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