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“A must see Basilica.”

Basilica di San Domenico
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Private Tour: Ecclesiastical Heritage of Bologna
Ranked #15 of 375 things to do in Bologna
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Reviewed 6 December 2017

A very important Basilica in Bologna, beautiful sculptures and paintings are inside also the remains of St Dominic.

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Reviewed 21 November 2017

This is one of the major churches in Bologna and the remains of Saint Dominic are buried inside a shrine behind the altar of St. Nicholas. The church is located in the Piazza San Domenico. The exterior is quite plain compared to similar Basilicas. There is a room full of relics at the back of the church but I didn't have time to look or take photos unfortunately.

Thank Jo K
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Reviewed 13 November 2017

We almost missed this most beautiful chapel but for a review we had read we would have - its through some gates up a couple of stairs & out of immediate view.

The Basilica of San Domenico is one of the major churches in Bologna, Italy. The remains of Saint Dominic, founder of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), are buried inside the exquisite shrine Arca di San Domenico, made by Nicola Pisano and his workshop, Arnolfo di Cambio and with later additions by Niccolò dell'Arca and the young Michelangelo.
St Dominic’s chapel: this is the main chapel of the church. It has a square plan and a semi-circular apse, where the remains of the saint rest in the splendid Arca di San Domenico under the cupola which contains three Michelangelo sculptures, Angel, St. Proclus, and St. Petronius. The chapel was built by the Bolognese architect Floriano Ambrosini, replacing the old gothic chapel from 1413, to match the splendour of the other existing chapels. It was decorated between 1614 and 1616 by important painters of the Bolognese School, Tiarini (1577–1688), Mario Righetti, Lionello Spada, Mastelletta, culminating in the fresco on the cupola of the apse St Dominic’s Glory, a masterpiece by Reni, painted between 1613 and 1615. The Theological and The Cardinal Virtues in the niches of the apse were painted by Giovanni Todeschi between 1617 and 1631. The bust in white marble by Carlo Pini (1946) represents the real face of Saint Dominic, modelled on the precise measurements performed on the saint’s skull.

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Reviewed 8 November 2017

On a recent trip to Bologna, Italy my husband and I went to the Basilica of San Domenico. It is a lovely church and has three statues by Michelangelo who lived in Bologna for a time. The priest who was there was very friendly and showed us some of the art works. Just do not go at lunch time because they close for lunch.

Thank Peggy S
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Reviewed 29 October 2017

Having spend a couple of weeks in Italy, one can get a bit spoilt... oh well another amazing church with amazing painting etc.
So it is nice to see one that has some differences- most of the church is quite plain, white and ordered (and has some Dominican monks around to add to the effect), but then you have the chapel of St Dominic- queue Michelangelo statues, gold, paintings etc. But also nice touches like in one side chapel they have photos and stories of some Dominicans who have set up charities, churches etc in various parts of the world. And much more. It is huge. Maybe not quite so amazingly decorated as some others, but I think an essential stop if doing several churches, to see something different, as well as one still having a real impact around the world.

Thank JoeFLondon
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