Basilica di San Domenico
Basilica di San Domenico
4.5
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8:30 AM - 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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Neighbourhood: Santo Stefano
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  • misterfuss
    163 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go to see the piazza outside the basilica
    This is undoubtedly a great basilica, but the style of the interior did not appeal to me. However, the monumental black and white marble Sarcofago di Taddeo Pepoli is gorgeous, with sumptuous alternating black and white bands of marble, and in some places a checkerboard pattern of the same. If the horizontal black and white banding looks similar to a church in Pisa or Lucca, it is because the sculptor was from Pisa! It separates the Cappella del Sacro Cuore from a side chapel, so the front and back are visible from different chapels. For me, I liked the piazza outside the basilica best. The Colonna Madonna del Rosario, the Arca di Rolandino de' Passeggeri, and the Arca di Egidio Foscherari are located there. The exterior brick structure of the basilica is complex and interesting. It is a beautiful backdrop to the aforementioned medieval monuments. I was fascinated with the byzantine looking arch on the Arca di Egidio Foscherari and the ceramic green tiles. The Arca di Rolandino de' Passeggeri is fascinating and most peculiar, a sarcophagus elevated on slender Gothic columns.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 7 December 2023
  • Angelo S
    Hilliard, Ohio4,987 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Honor to Saint Dominic
    Tucked away in the heart of Bologna and overshadowed by San Petronio and Santo Stefano is this beautiful Baroque church with a Romanesque facade that contains the mortal remains of Saint Dominic, founder of the Dominican order. Outside, there is a large piazza containing a statue of Saint Dominic and two tombs with room to walk, and sit to admire the front of the basilica. The chapel where the arc containing his remains is highlighted with three statues carved by Michaelangelo. All around the church are wonderful pieces by Lippi, Reni, Todeschi, Torelli and a host of others. If you are an art lover, you can spend hours here admiring the works without the large crowds at San Petronio or Santo Stefano.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 December 2023
  • Marzino
    236 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well Worth A Visit
    This is a deceptively beautiful church. Not much to look at on the grand scale outside and modest inside. The Capella for San Domenico is .. well stuck for words here. The coffin containing his remains is decorated with states of infinite quality.. some by Michelangelo. Too much maybe for the humble man he was. I’m Catholic. Not a good church goer. But my husband and I visited twice during our stay. Special place.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 March 2024
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jordanellie41
Longridge, UK1,074 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
This church is set in a large square and has no noteworthy features on it's facade. If you walk round to it's left side you will see it goes back a very long way. Once inside at first glance it's another big church with large pillars, lots of alcoves and paintings. The altar and ceiling are very ordinary too. Then bang, you are struck by two alcoves opposite each other half way down that will blow your mind. To the right is a double dome with fantastic frescos on it's ceilings, there's also a small altar with a splendid intricate carving that has to be seen. Below the frescos are mini alcoves on it's back wall with white figurines inside each of them. Opposite in the other alcove it gets even better, once again there's majestic frescos to the ceiling and walls, there's two delightful little balconies on the walls in gold, and the unbelievable sight in front of you. Mary sits in the middle - a multi coloured figurine - around her are exquisite prints surrounded in gold leaf. There's four small pillars in violet to her sides and in front are two foot high white candles in gold leaf stands. All designs to the front are also in gold leaf. At the very top there's two big white statues. This is an absolute masterpiece and not to be missed.
Written 19 February 2023
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Marion M
Nyon District, Switzerland583 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
The amazing extérieur is something we have never seen before. Seems unfinished with the top half simply bricks. The inside is enormous with lots to see. The tomb of san domenico is beautiful with an imposing reliquary underneath and statues and carvings. One angel by Michelangelo done when he was only 20 years old.
Written 1 April 2023
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misterfuss
San Francisco, California163 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
This is undoubtedly a great basilica, but the style of the interior did not appeal to me. However, the monumental black and white marble Sarcofago di Taddeo Pepoli is gorgeous, with sumptuous alternating black and white bands of marble, and in some places a checkerboard pattern of the same. If the horizontal black and white banding looks similar to a church in Pisa or Lucca, it is because the sculptor was from Pisa! It separates the Cappella del Sacro Cuore from a side chapel, so the front and back are visible from different chapels.
For me, I liked the piazza outside the basilica best. The Colonna Madonna del Rosario, the Arca di Rolandino de' Passeggeri, and the Arca di Egidio Foscherari are located there. The exterior brick structure of the basilica is complex and interesting. It is a beautiful backdrop to the aforementioned medieval monuments. I was fascinated with the byzantine looking arch on the Arca di Egidio Foscherari and the ceramic green tiles. The Arca di Rolandino de' Passeggeri is fascinating and most peculiar, a sarcophagus elevated on slender Gothic columns.
Written 8 December 2023
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Marzino
Glasgow236 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This is a deceptively beautiful church. Not much to look at on the grand scale outside and modest inside. The Capella for San Domenico is .. well stuck for words here. The coffin containing his remains is decorated with states of infinite quality.. some by Michelangelo. Too much maybe for the humble man he was.
I’m Catholic. Not a good church goer. But my husband and I visited twice during our stay. Special place.
Written 21 March 2024
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Beto79
Lille, France638 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
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 highlights of my recent trip to Bologna.
Written 21 April 2022
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JurreSilbi
Krakow, Poland74 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Friends
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, there is siesta in the middle of a day.
Written 11 June 2022
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Debbie Stan
Sheffield, UK36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Not religious at all, but worth a visit to see the engineering and stone work. Another Italian beautiful cathedral. Worth a visit. There’s a meridian line that’s particularly interesting on the floor of the cathedral. The longest in Europe apparently.
Written 19 August 2022
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK1,85,717 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
This church is one of the major churches of Italy as it houses the remains and shrine of Saint Dominic, the founder of the Dominican Order. The exterior is mainly Romanesque, although the interior has clearly been remodelled in Baroque. There are two outstanding chapels worth seeking out, the Rosary Chapel and St. Dominic's chapel. Both are elaborately decorated even by the standards of Baroque.

The Rosary chapel has an emphasis on Mary, with many of the paintings referencing her life. The centrepiece of the chapel is the altarpiece in gold, with an image of Mary and Infant Jesus.

The chapel of Saint Dominic holds the Arca di San Domenico, the monument containing the remains of Saint Domini, and is richly decorated with reliefs recounting the life and miracles of Saint Dominic in a series of carved panels. Above the sarcophagus, there are sculptures of saints looking down upon the saint, including those of the Four Doctors of the Church.
Written 19 July 2023
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Misterbear16
Burnaby, Canada21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Couples
As most people do, I went here to see the statues that Michelangelo made while he was serving here. Plan your day with this place knowing that the church is closed between 1 pm and 3 pm. Although when we went, they happened to open up earlier than expected at 2:30 pm.

There is no admission cost at the front door but to access areas in the back of the church or certain side rooms you have to pay 1 euro at a divider gate. The Michelangelo statues are in a side room to the right of the building. you will know you are close because they are right after the help booth, and be sure to look at the information papers on the walls as they will pinpoint to you exactly which ones he did before you go in to see it. There are no photos allowed although people try to hide it. There is a caretaker who sits in the room with Michelangelo sculptures warning everyone "no photo" There was an asian couple who constantly kept breaking the rules and ruined the mood for the rest of us as the caretaker became upset at everyone for it and had us under lockdown the rest of the visit. Just remember don't ruin it for the rest of the people. My wife even explained to the asians in their language what they were doing was wrong and they just ignored us and walked away grumbling but it's rules folks. If you're gonna cheat just don't try it when other people are around and ruin our atmosphere.

Overall, the paintings on the ceilings are amazing, with marble floors and marble and gold pillars and walls. It is a majestic place and should be respected as each room represents a different saint. The backroom demands a payment of one euro but I didn't really see anything back there that was that great to look at. Honestly unless you want to take a picture of a room that could honestly be used as a mock room of the room Marie Antoinette had her trial and conviction in. It looks more like Perry Mason would work here than a bishop. However there is enough beautiful rooms in the main area to wet your appetite for european church majesty.
Written 22 October 2015
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Jivko V
Sofia, Bulgaria1,501 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Basilica di San Domenico is centrally located and is a very beautiful and big basilica. There is an altar/sculptor of Michelangelo inside it.
Written 8 March 2020
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