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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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  • A very interesting part of the 'seven churches' -- still in use as a monastery -- fantastic piece of history, do not miss. 
  • 13th century Church, a single nave with side chapels closed by a series of bars with frescoes and decorations of 1500-1600. Beautiful paintings if lit but some dark colours you see very little. Some chapels virtually in the dark. Ask the Manager you can see on the left a room for celebrations with a few people, a whole wall is covered with a closet worked beautifully.
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  • Walked the streets is Bologna's historic church, I went from the center of the old town. It was hard to reach because the location is little bit. During the shooting ban. Went a bit earlier than the closing time was time of guidebooks, but I was being kicked out before it. It may be a decent opening hours from Italy's.
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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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