Basilica di San Domenico, Bologna

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Just a small church when Saint Dominic, founder of the Order of the Preachers, came to Bologna in 1218, Basilica di San Domenico grew quickly after the saint’s death in 1221. Outside, you will see the Romanesque facade that dates back to 1240. The interior was redone in a Baroque style in the early 1700s. Visit the shrine to Saint Dominic, which holds his sarcophagus to this day, and admire the many works of art within the church, including early sculptures by Michelangelo. When not busy, the lights inside the chapel are often switched off, so ask for them to be turned on before you enter. Make Basilica di San Domenico a part of your Bologna vacation plans using our Bologna day trip tool .
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  • This place is obligatory for any traveler visiting Bologna. The facade on the outside looks simple but the interior is great, it's a huge building that at first glance looks much smaller. Here you can see a replica of the Holy Sepulchre that transports you to another place. They also have several very beautiful patios surrounded by columns, that if you look good in them you will notice that the bases and the top of all are different. In short, I recommend the visit of this place to any person who loves art.
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  • Another of Bologna’s imposing churches set in and overlooking its own square of Piazza San Domenico, internally it probably has more interesting features than some of the other churches in Bologna wit...  more »
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  • Very worthwhile visiting, especially the tomb of St Dominic. The sculptures are beautiful and it’s open for all to visit.
  • Just awestruck with the Interiors and the paintings on the ceilings.. marvellous..bologna is such a gem of a city.
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