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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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  • The Bentivoglio Chapel with Lorenzo Costa is a wonderful attraction. However this church, very often not considered even though it is in walking distance from the two towers, has a beautiful medieval façade and a beautiful interior in Renaissance style.
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  • Impressive and rich this church built between 1267 and 1315 by the hermits of Saint Augustine and rebuilt in the late 15th century, as can be seen clearly from the dome, but less from the rest of the architectural and decorative elements that collect all epochs, from the Romanesque to the Gothic exterior of the chapels and the late Renaissance and Baroque paintings and stucco. In extreme and exceptional artistic wealth however some elements emerge and not to be missed. First Chapel Bentivoglio, built by Annibale I Bentivoglio in 1445 and enlarged by John II in 1486 that is perhaps the Supreme masterpiece of the early Renaissance bolognese, as evidenced by the architecture of Brunelleschi's inspiration created by Pagno di Lapo Portigiani da Fiesole between 1463 and 1468, the tiled floor of the Della Robbia (1489), the frescoes by Lorenzo Costa with the triumph of death and the triumph of Fame (1490) the altarpiece by Francesco France of about 1494, to conclude with the tomb of Anton Galeazzo Bentivoglio by Iacopo della Quercia del 1438, located outside the Chapel to the right of the entrance. Don't forget to visit the Chapel, erected in 1561 for Cardinal Giovanni Poggi by Pellegrino Tibaldi, the San Rocco di Lodovico Carracci, two wooden crucifixes Jacopo di Paolo, 15th-century Gothic polyptychs, the crucifix by Simone da Bologna, the paintings of Orazio Samacchini, Guido Reni and Ludovico Carracci. Spectacular and unmissable!
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  • The church itself is magnificent, but what is important - the chapel of Bentivoglio, which is really a gem here. But check the opening time, it's not available every day.  more »
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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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