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Basilica di San Domenico

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Address: Piazza San Domenico 13, 40124 Bologna, Italy
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08:30 - 13:00
15:00 - 19:30
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Fantastic -- also had the opportunity of visiting the 'treasure' of the cathedral. Splendid history and artwork.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Irvine, California, USA
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Irvine, California, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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

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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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.

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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Where else can you see 3 Michelangelo sculptures together? And his first sculpture at 20 already a masterpiece. Church is lovely too. Ask the staff to show you which sculptures are his, you can tell by how much movement and refinement they have compared to the others.

Thank Bruce4fun
Cary, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

There are 3 sculptures by Michelangelo in Bologna's very beautiful San Domenico, a church filled with wonderful art and only a short walk from the Piazza Maggiore. The 20-year-old Michelangelo produced these 3 sculptures during a brief period when he was forced to leave Florence in 1494 after the death of his patron Lorenzo de'Medici. These were definitely studies for... More 

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