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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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  • Fantastic -- also had the opportunity of visiting the 'treasure' of the cathedral. Splendid history and artwork. 
  • Walking through the streets of the old town saw glowing vefliemskuju head over the entrance (Christmas holidays) went inside. Not with the main entrance. A stunning impression. In the Temple of the soul, silence, a strong aura and everywhere the faces of Saints. Here lie the remains of St. Dominic.
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  • I will focus on only one aspect of an extraordinary Basilica, the Baroque makeover. The Church was founded in 1228 with two separate parts by a partition and with different spaces: the Church of the choir and the Church of the faithful that we can imagine as that of the Orthodox churches separated by an iconostasis from the celebrant. Over the centuries follow each other lots of extension work and placement of chapels, the partition is removed and the chorus, which as a consequence of the Council of Trent can no longer stand between the faithful and the altar is brought behind the altar after he knocked down and stretched the old apse. In 1700 the Church suffers from static and aesthetically great inconvenience has no stylistic unity. The architect Carlo Francesco Dotti, Basilica of San Luca, is in charge of the work of upgrading and between 1728-1732 completes the task by giving stylistic unity, harmony and uniformity to the temple. Note the set brightness and delicacy of style that shuns from the Rococo decorative Baroque encumbrances mature and incipient and not detract from, but complement the speech of columns and arches, reviving the scenography, sculptures and draped modeled by the sculptors of the time bat and More.
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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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