Chiesa di San Giacomo Maggiore

Chiesa di San Giacomo Maggiore

Chiesa di San Giacomo Maggiore
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misterfuss
San Francisco, California82 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
There are some very good and aesthetically pleasing art works to see here. I found the good stuff to be in the ambulatory behind the apse. The Gothic ambulatory looks foreboding to enter, but there are paper signs taped to the wall giving assurances for access. Unfortunately the star attractions, the Bentivoglio Chapel and the Poggi Chapel, are behind locked gates and dark unless you deposit coins in the coin box. Therefore be sure to bring coins. As they are behind locked gates, you cannot see any of the side frescoes head on, only from a distorted side view. Unfortunately, I liked the frescoes on the sides of the chapel walls best.
The Triumph over Death by Lorenzo Costa the Elder is a unique and interesting composition in the Bentivoglio Chapel. It shows elephants with riders, the grim reaper, and souls floating in a spherical sky. Also pleasing is The Bentivoglio Altarpiece of the Madonna and Child enthroned, where the Bentivoglio daughters are elegantly portrayed in renaissance gowns.
Meanwhile, over in the Poggi Chapel, there's a dramatic Mannerist frescoe to see called The Announcement of the coming of the Baptist, by Pellegrino Tibaldi.
Immediately across from the Bentivoglio Chapel there is an elevated funerary sarcophagus worth a good look. I was also charmed by a marble inlay plaque with swirling vines, a hummingbird and a tulip.
Written 7 December 2023
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jordanellie41
Longridge, UK1,069 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
This church stands in a small square and looks old and worn from the outside. It has two steeples and pillars to it's front with a large iron door. Central is a large circular window and small figurine to the top. Inside it is large in size but again looks rather worn. It has a basic altar, nothing on it's ceilings, but some of the alcoves are lovely arches with large paintings, gold leaf and white statues on high ledges
Written 19 February 2023
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Erika
Caracas, Venezuela9,869 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
One of the most important churches to see in Bologna. I liked the architecture and the entrance is free
Written 12 September 2020
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Mikael F
Helsinki, Finland30,625 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
This historic Roman Catholic church was completed in 1315.

It is a pastiche of different styles: Romanesque on the outside and Gothic and late Renaissance on the inside.

Beside the church, there is an elegant Renaissance portico, supported by sandstone columns.
Written 9 July 2019
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warren D
Vladivostok, Russia3,388 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
This is among the most beautiful churches in Bologna, no small feat as so many dot the city’s landscapes. It was founded in the 13th century and is a classic beauty of Italian architecture. The high ceilings and quietness that create atoo bad sanctuary for soothing the mind and spirit. Worth a visit.

It is a shame that Bolognesi tolerate the graffiti all over the city that desecrates its culture and historic splendor.
Written 19 June 2019
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T-SGlobetrotters
Preston, UK2,955 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
The highlight in this church is the Bentivoglio chapel located in semi darkness behind the altar. €0.50 allows you to light up the chapel. There are several lovely painted frescos which apparently were commission's to celebrate a local family's victory in a 1488 local feud.One of the frescos,while set in a religious context, contains portraits of family members incorporated into the scene. An unusual feature at the time it was painted.
Written 16 April 2019
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Haebee
Singapore, Singapore873 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Friends
As you enter, you are met with an imposing Sanctuary with high ceilings. There are many special art pieces and frescoes - a great joy to be able to pray in this house of God and to be surrounded by many beautiful objects of worship.
Written 19 January 2019
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PRS48
Brisbane, Australia168 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
The church is a fine example of Italian architecture and religious art at their best. Pleasant to find quiet and attractive surroundings after the bustle of the graffiti-ridden streets outside.
Written 28 September 2018
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giacomina17
Brisbane, Australia569 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Solo
I visited here very early in the morning. The basilica itself is stunning- both visually and spiritually. To watch as the morning sun hits various parts is truly special. But what made the visit all the more incredible was to be there when the Augustinian monks were singing their morning prayers. I was the only other human being there......so moving.
Written 7 September 2018
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Montecito2014
San Marino, CA23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Couples
I have visited many chapels, churches and basilica's in my life but NONE as magnificent as San Giacomo Maggiore. We were blessed to visit while the Augustinian Friars were singing. I felt a serenity and was fulfilled in this visit. Inspiring.
Written 13 November 2017
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