Downtown Churches Walking Tour in Bologna, Bologna

There are many magnificent, centuries-old churches in Bologna. Many of them are well-preserved and worth visiting during your stay in this fascinating old city. You can see unforgettable religious paintings by world famous artists. This self-guided tour will lead you to the majestic churches in downtown Bologna.
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Downtown Churches Walking Tour in Bologna Map

Guide Name: Downtown Churches Walking Tour in Bologna
Guide Location: Italy » Bologna (See other walking tours in Bologna)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Author: vickyc
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Basilica of San Petronio

1) Basilica of San Petronio (must see)

The Basilica of San Petronio is the main church of Bologna, northern Italy. It dominates the Piazza Maggiore. It is the sixth largest church in the world, stretching for 132 meters in length and 60 meters in width, while the vault reaches 45 meters inside and 51 meters in the facade. It can contain about 28,000 persons. The basilica is dedicated to the patron saint of the city, Saint Petronius, who was the bishop of Bologna in the fifth century. The construction was a communal project of...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Santa Maria della Vita

2) Santa Maria della Vita (must see)

Santa Maria della Vita is an impressive church built in 1787, which once served to house the city’s sick and needy. Its Baroque interior contains several beautiful 15th century sculptures created by such famous artists as Niccolò dell'Arca, Floriano Ambrosini and Alfonso...   view more
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San Giacomo Maggiore Church

3) San Giacomo Maggiore Church (must see)

San Giacomo Maggiore is a church in Bologna, central Italy. It was founded by the Augustinian Order in 1267 and houses, among the rest, the Bentivoglio Chapel, featuring numerous Renaissance artworks. A community of hermits had established itself near the walls of Bologna, along the Savena river, as early as 1247. Here they founded a monastery with the annexed church of St. James. They were later merged with the Augustinian Order in 1256 and, as they needed a larger religious complex within the...   view more
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Santo Stefano

4) Santo Stefano (must see)

Santo Stefano is a complex of churches locally known as Sette Chiese, or Seven Churches. According to tradition, it was built by Saint Petronius, a 5th century city bishop, in the place of a temple to the goddess Isis. Among the churches are the 8th century Church of St. John the Baptist (or the Holy Crucifix), the 5th century Holy Sepulchre and San Vitale ed Agricola, which also dates back to the 5th century. A 13th century portico known as Pilatus' Court connects the other buildings to...   view more
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Ex-Church of Saint Lucia

5) Ex-Church of Saint Lucia

Ex-Chiesa di Santa Lucia is a 17th century church. It no longer functions as a church, but as a lecture hall for students of Bologna University. Notable adornments include its Baroque sculptures and a statue created by Mazza in...   view more
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Basilica of San Domenico

6) Basilica of San Domenico (must see)

The Basilica of San Domenico is one of Bologna’s major churches. The remains of Saint Dominic, founder of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), are buried inside the exquisite shrine Arca di San Domenico, created by Nicola Pisano’sm and Arnolfo di Cambio, with later additions by Niccolò dell'Arca and a young Michelangelo. The square in front of the church is paved with pebbles, as it was in medieval times. The square was where the faithful listened to sermons and also served as the...   view more
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San Giovanni Battista dei Celestini Church

7) San Giovanni Battista dei Celestini Church

San Giovanni Battista dei Celestini Church, built in 1369, is a small church that houses many works of art, including splendid frescoes by Franceschini, Haffner, Mastellata and Mignani, as well as sculptures by...   view more
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San Paolo Maggiore Church

8) San Paolo Maggiore Church

San Paolo Maggiore Church, built in 1606, has a beautiful facade. Inside, you can see the amazing works of Antonio e Giuseppe Rolli. The altar is adorned with priceless paintings by such masters as Guercino, Giuseppe Maria Crespi and Lodovico Carracci, author of the famous...   view more

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