Basilica di San Domenico, Bologna

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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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  • Very interesting, with the thomb of St. Domenico. Mozart also were there. Many interesting paintings. Almost abandoned by tourists but it is located close to the city centre. Watch visiting hours... 
    Very interesting, with the thomb of St. Domenico. Mozart also were there. Many interesting paintings. Almost abandoned by tourists but it is located close to the city centre. Watch visiting hours...  more »
  • Probably my favorite church in Bologna from the ones I visited. They have a beautiful chapelle where the remains of San Dominico are located. The nearby area is beautiful as well. One of the... 
    Probably my favorite church in Bologna from the ones I visited. They have a beautiful chapelle where the remains of San Dominico are located. The nearby area is beautiful as well. One of the...  more »

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