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Basilica di San Domenico

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Address: Piazza San Domenico 13, 40124 Bologna, Italy
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+39 051 640 0411
08:30 - 13:00
15:00 - 19:30
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Beautifully ornate

As it seems to me, the exterior of the Basilica is quite drab and almost forbidding. However, once again open the door one is transported into a special place. Whether Roman... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As it seems to me, the exterior of the Basilica is quite drab and almost forbidding. However, once again open the door one is transported into a special place. Whether Roman Catholic or not, it is impossible not to appreciate and admire the skills and craftsmanship invested in the building. In particular that part of the Basilica which is the... More 

Thank DAT64
Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The treasures of San Domenico could easily be overlooked. Make sure you don't miss the chapel containing the sarcophagus of the saint - you can enter for a small donation. The stone carving is magnificent. Don't forget to walk to the back where the gold reliquary containing the saint's skull can be seen through the glass (along with a box... More 

Thank 521stephen
Irvine, California, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Fantastic -- also had the opportunity of visiting the 'treasure' of the cathedral. Splendid history and artwork.

Thank WorldExplorer50
Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

Compared against the Italian standard, one could call it rather austerely decorated. However, it does feature some impressive works, such as Michelangelo's , which should be, by themselves, a good enough reason to visit. He was only 20 something when he sculpted the Angel and the others, but one could already tell he was a genius. There's also a very... More 

Thank Maria D
Hastings, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

this basilica is surprising when you go inside because it is not as ornate as some. But for us the "must see" is the sarcophagus with the incredible carving all around it. It is awe inspiring, and the later additions by Michelangelo are a bonus!

Thank Brian L
Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

We really fell across this passing looking for a cafe! Get your camera ready as some great sites inside, just so much to see - don't forget to cover up!

Thank Wendywoo1603
Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Visited here because my partners name is Dominic and we felt obliged to see his church! We were unable to go inside due to a religious ceremony but never the less we were glad to visit. The exterior was radiant in the crisp winter sunshine and the column outside the church was wonderfully carved. In the absence of being able... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

Two Saturdays a month the friars give an in-depth free 3 hour tour of the basilica that gives a rich exposition of the the masterpiece art and architecture, life of eSaint Dominic, the history of the order, and what life is like as a friar. Do not miss this. I have been on many guided tours but this is by... More 

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Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

We walked to this church, about six blocks from central Bologna. As others have said, where else do you see this number of Michelangelo works without any crowds to fight. For those who are interested in the Dominican religious order, this is also the site for St. Dominic's tomb, an impressive structure in itself.

Thank maryfort c
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

A beautiful church with a great feeling of calm. Hardly any tourists when we visited in the morning. We missed it last time we visited Bologna because it is a little away from the centre. Worth the detour.

Thank AandT_10

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