Chiesa di San Giacomo Maggiore, Bologna

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The Basilica of San Giacomo Maggiore is an historic Roman Catholic church in Bologna, region of Emilia Romagna, Italy, serving a monastery of Augustinian friars. It was built starting in 1267 and houses, among the rest, the Bentivoglio Chapel, featuring numerous Renaissance artworks.HistoryA community of hermits founded by the Blessed John the Good of Modena had established itself near the walls of Bologna, along the Savena river, as early as 1247. They founded a monastery with its church, dedicated to St. James the Greater. The hermits were merged in 1256 by the pope with other eremetical communities of the region to form the Order of Hermits of St. Augustine, with one of their number being elected the first Prior General of the new Order. As they then needed a larger religious complex within the walls, in 1267 construction was undertaken of the new church in the present location. The edifice was finished in 1315, but its consecration took place in 1344, with the completion of the apse section. The church, built in sober Romanesque style (with some Gothic elements such as the ogival windows), had a single nave with visible trusses and ended with a polygonal apse-chapel and two square chapel.
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  • August 18, 2017
    A beautiful church like any other but the promised jewel namely the bentivoglio Chapel is open only on Saturday morning by the touring club italiano with resa prior. You can see through a grid, and if a good soul pays lighting for 5 minutes to 50 cents. Premium: no photo even without flash.
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  • July 27, 2017
    Always hard to review a place of worship, rich in art. You can take so many different sensations, astonishment for the concentration of architectural works, in this case (the many chapels which allow the nave and the apse), painting and sculpture, confusion about the lack of adequate educational apparatus, to the perception of a certain abandon, mitigated by the visits to the chapel Bentivoglio allowed by TCL support on Saturday morning. Yet a quick visit just to locate names to be valued (Baroque, Jacopo della Quercia, Carracci, etc). A sin or, perhaps, just a lot of work to do.
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  • July 3, 2017
    It's a strange sensation that you feel as soon as you cross the threshold of San Giacomo Maggiore, almost of disorientation, exacerbated by strong and unpleasant smell of stale present. Inside the huge spaces do not appear well distributed and the risk, for me divenutà fact, disappointment, is fairly high
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  • Free entry, we happened upon this place and it was beautiful and very atmospheric. Worth a slight detour if walking by
  • A place of religious worship
  • Beautiful.
  • from Monday to Friday - 7.30 - 12.30 am and 3.30 - 6.30 pm; Saturday, Sunday and holidays - 8.30 am - 12.30 am and 3.30 - 6.30 pm.
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