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POSTEGGIO SAN MARTINO, Bologna

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San Martino church, also called San Martino Maggiore is a Gothic-style, Roman Catholic church located at the corner of Via Marsala and Via Guglielmo Oberdan in Bologna, region of Emilia Romagna, Italy. The church was founded in association with an adjacent Carmelite Monastery.HistoryA church at the site was built in 1217; the brick tracery vaults of the ceiling were added in 1457. The present facade was added in 1879, in an Gothic style, and displays statues of various saints. Atop a pillar in the piazza just in front of the church is a statue of the Madonna and Child with a Scapular (1705) by Andrea Ferreri. In the lunette above the side entrance portal is a bas-relief of St Martin on horseback giving half his robe to a Beggar (1531) by Francesco Manzini; the portal has a classical decoration with bucranium (cow skulls).Along the right hand nave is this first chapel is a painting of the Adoration by the Magi (1532) by Girolamo da Carpi. The next one shows Carmelite Saints (mid-17th century) by Cesare Gennari. Along the right hand of the nave, on a stone column, are 15th-century frescoes depicting St Anthony, Onofrius, and Elias by Lippo Dalmasio.Vitale da Bologna’s Crucifixion was completed in the 15th century for this church. The main altarpiece is an Enthroned Madonna with Saints (1548) by Girolamo da Sermoneta.
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  • We attended a wedding ceremony in this beautiful old church and took some time to walk around and appreciate the art works. It is located not far off the main thoroughfare of Via dell'Independenza on ...  more »
  • Such a nice way up to the famous church on the hill! During a hot day you are able to find a shadowy place under the arches! 666 of them and you will find to god upstairs. Definitely not found him, bu...  more »
  • The Chiesa di San Martino is located a bit on the side of the main tourist streets. This might be the reason why this church is relatively quiet. We met here no tourists but were impressed by the simp...  more »