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The 15th largest church in the world, Basilica di San Petronio is the main place of worship of Bologna. The basilica has been home to the sacred relics of its namesake since 2000, but its claim to fame is its history of sacred instrumental and choral music. Two grand organs installed in 1476 and 1596 often fill the main chapel with music. In the 17th century, astronomer Giovanni Domenico Cassini designed a sundial that's in the paved ground outside the basilica on the left. At 66.8 m (219 ft), it is the longest sundial in the world. Use our Bologna sightseeing planner to visit Basilica di San Petronio on your trip to Bologna, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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Basilica di San Petronio Reviews
Se ti trovi a Bologna non puoi non passare in questa basilica. Molto suggestiva e molto bella, domina la piazza principale della città. Bella davvero... more »If you are in Bologna you would not pass in this basilica. Very impressive and beautiful, dominates the city's main square. Nice indeed ...
Gostei bastante dessa igreja. Além de sua beleza interior, fiquei impressionado pelo fato de ela ainda não ter sido concluída. Vale muito a visita! more »Quite liked this church. In addition to your inner beauty, I was struck by the fact that she has not yet been completed. Worth visiting!
Beautiful cathedral right in the heart of Bologna! A must see when you visit, missing the top of its facade but nonetheless steeped in history and full of beautiful artworks...but most importantly it contains the kind and welcoming presence of God!! Don’t forget that there’s a loving Creator waiting there for you with loving arms - why else would people in the past and now in the present give their lives (some literally) to offer this love to you!!! Forget about how someone in the church hurt you or how that bloke outside was rude to you or how rich the church looks and ask why not sell it all and give it to the poor, see past the art to the Creator. Ask him to reveal himself to you during your visit...and you’ll never be the same..
Beautiful open church with wonderful views of the skyline of the terrace for a small fee. There's also a small fee to take photos inside the church.
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