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Basilica di San Domenico

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Address: Piazza San Domenico 13, 40124 Bologna, Italy
Phone Number: +39 051 640 0411
08:30 - 13:00
15:00 - 19:30
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Lovely from the outside, unable to go in due to religious ceremony

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Lizzie S
Reading, United Kingdom
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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Thank Lizzie S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 25 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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Burtonsville, Maryland, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

As are many of the churches in Italy are, this Basilica is no exception. Beautiful architecture, art and design from the great masters of art present. The altar is beautiful and it is truely a place to see while in Bologna.

Thank Lee P
Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Another very beautiful basilica worth seeing. Every church in Bologna is different. Always a pleasant surprise.,

Thank soniap57
Chorley, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

We chose to visit San Domenico after reading about the artworks housed there. The Basilica feels like a living church rather than a museum and the silence was well respected. The monument for San Domenico has 2 sculptures among the 12 created by a young Michelanglo. The choirs are created from stunning marquetry. This Basilica is well worth a visit... More 

Thank Laraine F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

Great architecture and well maintained, no entrance fee but worth while giving a few euros to help maintain, definitely worth a visit

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