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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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  • Nice Church from the outside, but also inside. To see the first Chapel to the left of the entrance dating from 1501. If you are in the Oberland Street, stop.
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  • Gothic style church in the heart of Bologna. Run by the Carmelite fathers twinned with Saint Martin who has donated a beautiful banner with the image of the sword. Elected as a basilica by Pope Pius XII in 1941. Worth a visit even if little known because it is located in the homonymous square in the Jewish quarter characterized by narrow streets, covered bridges and small Windows. Also recommended for the presence of Carmelite fathers cosmopolitans. l
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  • The Church is medieval times but the interior is almost all decorated from the Renaissance. In addition to the magnificent painting, there's a portentous organ of c. 1550 still in operation. Free and very interesting. Worth the visit
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