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Basilica di San Domenico, Bologna

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#6 of 89 in Historic Sites in Bologna
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
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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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  • We walked here to see this since its my husband namesake. We were lucky enough to be there during a wedding ceremony. Absolutely beautiful worth checking it out. Very close to the mall. 
    We walked here to see this since its my husband namesake. We were lucky enough to be there during a wedding ceremony. Absolutely beautiful worth checking it out. Very close to the mall.  more »
  • Stopped for coffee nearby and was diected here by owner. Charming couple, popped back for lunch after Basillica 
    Stopped for coffee nearby and was diected here by owner. Charming couple, popped back for lunch after Basillica  more »

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