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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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  • This church is a Basilica built by the Augustinians (hermits of Savena) in tribute to Saint Jacques the major (not to be confused with Saint James the less), son of Zebede, brother of John, and one of the first apostles of Jesus, who died a martyr first by Herod. It is Saint James the major which built the legend with the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. Basilica because again, the architectural style is not uniform: Romanesque façade, stone of Istria of Lombards, roof initially transformed structural dome ornaments. Inside, a single nave. In addition to the dedication of the Basilica, the visitor will retain great interior paintings that cover the dome and the walls perhaps like me. So a beautiful church to visit no matter what.
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  • I studied many years in Bologna and I hadn't got into this church. It is an oasis in a particular neighborhood. Worth a visit especially left Bentivoglio chapel at the bottom. Free entrance the church leader with a small donation of 1 €.
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  • This church is located near via Zamboni, the Center for student (you will find here all or most of the universities). Nice, though less of San Petronio, needs to be seen, although in a fast lap.
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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
  • 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.
  • I studied many years in Bologna and I hadn't got into this church. It is an oasis in a particular neighborhood. Worth a visit especially left Bentivoglio chapel at the bottom. Free entrance the church leader with a small donation of 1 €.
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  • San Giacomo Maggiore is a basilica in Bologna. It was founded in 1267 as Church of the Augustinian order. Inside there is the mid-15th century Bentivoglio Chapel, beautiful architecture, rich in works of Renaissance art.
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