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Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano

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Address: Via Santo Stefano 24 | Piazza S.Stefano - Bologna, 40125 Bologna, Italy
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Charming, intimate spaces with a real sense of history

This little group of churches and their associated buildings and courtyards are simply charming. You step into it from the bustling street life of Bologna into a calm removal from... read more

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This little group of churches and their associated buildings and courtyards are simply charming. You step into it from the bustling street life of Bologna into a calm removal from urban life. Much of this complex is at a smaller scale than other monuments in Bologna. The early Sepulchre church is rotond and has 12 columns around which weaves an... More 

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Malvern, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Near the centre of Bologna and approached through a piazza often hosting an antiques or food market, this Basilica is an amalgam of seven churches (four remain)and one can wander around and enjoy the complex including a peaceful cloister before plunging back out into city

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Although central Bologna is lovely to walk around, it is more a working city than one stuffed full of obvious tourist attractions. This probably the nearest to a 'must-see'. Three churches face the piazza, with the (partial) remains of another inside. All are different (my favourite is the central San Sepolcro), and the various nooks & crannies of the complex... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Seven churches of Santo Stefano. Only 4 of the 7 churches remain. Definitely suggest having a guide or a book to understand what you are looking at, through the churches. Entrance is from a very large piazza. It was very quiet and peaceful inside. The churches are connected and you can see how they were put together. Medieval in some... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

San Stefano is also called Seven Churches ( Sette Chiese in iotalian) bucause it is made up of seven churches build in various periods. It is an impressive, majestic place, definitely worth visiting. The 2 euros paid for taking photos are worth paying, as the money are to be used for restoration.

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Tirana, Albania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An amazing trip back into the history of Christianity in Italy. The old foundation of the pagan temple shows the structure's roots in an unusually direct and open way. A must-do in Bologna.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The 2 Euro you pay for permission to take photos inside the Basilica is 100 times worth, more so because it goes to the restoration fund. Outside, you must go up the lift (or on foot if you are strong) to be on the 90m high terrace of the Basilica to have a panoramic view of Bologna, which is worth... More 

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Bologna, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have visited this place several times. It is located in a beautiful street and a definite must-visit in Bologna! The other name of this basilica is "Sette Chiese" or "Seven Churches" as it represent seven churches built during various periods! I hugely enjoyed the atmosphere and architecture here!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We didn't really intend to go there.... we crossed some small and narrow streets and suddenly got to a open and wide piazza with this beautiful cathedral. We were surprised by the silence and peace that covered the place eventhough there were several cafés around. Nice place to relax!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This church is somewhat unusual in that it is actually a complex of four churches on one site (was originally seven); Church of the Holy Crucifix (8th Century), Church of the Holy Sepulchre (the oldest building, 5th Century), Church of the Saints Vitale and Agricola (4th Century) and Church of the Trinity (13th Century). There is also the Courtyard of... More 

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