Cattedrale di San Pietro
Cattedrale di San Pietro
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  • macedonboy
    Glasgow, United Kingdom1,85,732 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Church With Sculpture of Lamentation over the dead Christ
    A church has been at this location since the 4th century, although the present building dates from the 12th century with Baroque additions later on. The facade is red brick, like many buildings in Bologna. The facade is simple Baroque, with broken pediments and a salient roof. When we went inside, a mass was about to start, so it was necessary to stay near the entrance and make it a quick visit. The high altar has a Romanesque style roof, but decorated in Baroque with a painting of the Annunciation below the vault. The centrepiece of the high altar is a golden sculpture of Jesus enthroned. Just to the right of the entrance is a sculptural ensemble depicting Lamentation over the dead Christ by Alfonso Lombardi. The piece is composed of life-size figures in terracotta displaying dramatic scenes. The expressions of grief and torment are intensified by the realism of their facial details. While the feeling of grief is accentuated by the central figure of Mary being supported by two female figures as she collapses from shock.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 25 July 2023
  • Summerasalifestyle
    Malibu, California3,558 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Yes, see this before the basilica up the street
    Not as big as the basilica. Not plaza in front. I’m staying across the street so stopped here first before going to the Basillica. Glad I did. This is smaller, but much more than just a church…cathedral don’t ya know. Beautiful.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 8 October 2023
  • Gregory W
    Mankato, Minnesota3,829 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice Experience
    Cattedrale Di San Pietro a.k.a. Bologna Cathedral is dedicated to Saint Peter and is the seat of the Archbishop of Bologna. Most of the present building dates from the 17th century, with a few parts from the late 16th century. There was already a cathedral on the site (on the present Via Indipendenza) in 1028. This church was destroyed by a devastating fire in 1141. It was reconstructed, and consecrated by Pope Lucius III in 1184. The campanile is the 2nd largest in the city.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 November 2023
  • Merrowmum
    Guildford, United Kingdom1,320 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bell tower!
    I just happened upon the cathedral whilst wandering along and decided to go in. The main body of the cathedral is nice enough, but I was lucky enough to visit on a Saturday afternoon when the bell tower and crypt were open - which made the visit very special indeed! Not everyone will manage the bell tower physically, being quite a climb up mostly a spiral “ramp” little more than a single person wide in between the two “layers” of the tower, but the views across Bologna as well as the bells themselves at the top are well worth the effort! The crypt, in contrast, has a small area showing the current excavation work of the original building’s remains which is going on, as well as some ancient frescos and a lovely air of peace generally. A truly lucky find and highly recommended.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 30 March 2024
  • Kurt C
    Malta25 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Place of Serenity
    Such a serene place in Bologna. I went there on my way to Piazza Nettuno. The Church was empty and I could enjoy the quiet and serene corridors of the church. It contains a number of beautiful paintings by various artists.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 June 2024
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Kurt C
Malta25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Such a serene place in Bologna. I went there on my way to Piazza Nettuno. The Church was empty and I could enjoy the quiet and serene corridors of the church. It contains a number of beautiful paintings by various artists.
Written 12 June 2024
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Merrowmum
Guildford, UK1,320 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
I just happened upon the cathedral whilst wandering along and decided to go in. The main body of the cathedral is nice enough, but I was lucky enough to visit on a Saturday afternoon when the bell tower and crypt were open - which made the visit very special indeed!
Not everyone will manage the bell tower physically, being quite a climb up mostly a spiral “ramp” little more than a single person wide in between the two “layers” of the tower, but the views across Bologna as well as the bells themselves at the top are well worth the effort! The crypt, in contrast, has a small area showing the current excavation work of the original building’s remains which is going on, as well as some ancient frescos and a lovely air of peace generally. A truly lucky find and highly recommended.
Written 30 March 2024
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Brad
Hong Kong, China1,73,427 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
St. Peter's Metropolitan Cathedral is located along busy Via dell'Independenza and makes for an interesting visit for those sightseeing in the area. Historically, the building origins at this particular location seem date back to around the 10th-century although history of the chruch itself may reach as far back as the 4th century.

Over subsequent centuries, St. Peter's was expanded and renovated numerous times, resulting in a blend of architectural features which you can see today, including 70-metre tall, medieval bell-tower as well as the Baroque facade outside the cathedral.
The interior features is expansive Romanesque style barrel vault with 25 metre tall centre nave and narrow, 5 metre tall side naves which are linked with lovely Baroque style chapels. Within you can view some nice altarpieces and artworks, frescos and sculptures by notable artists and sculptors. I particularly enjoyed the sculptural series called the Lamentation over the Dead Christ by Alfonso Lombardi (1522-26).

Overall, it is a large cathedral but one you can comfortably walk through and visit in 15-20 minutes when exploring along Via dell'Independenza.
Written 25 March 2024
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Gregory W
Mankato, MN3,829 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
Cattedrale Di San Pietro a.k.a. Bologna Cathedral is dedicated to Saint Peter and is the seat of the Archbishop of Bologna. Most of the present building dates from the 17th century, with a few parts from the late 16th century. There was already a cathedral on the site (on the present Via Indipendenza) in 1028. This church was destroyed by a devastating fire in 1141. It was reconstructed, and consecrated by Pope Lucius III in 1184. The campanile is the 2nd largest in the city.

Written 29 November 2023
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Summerasalifestyle
Malibu, CA3,558 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Not as big as the basilica. Not plaza in front.
I’m staying across the street so stopped here first before going to the Basillica. Glad I did.
This is smaller, but much more than just a church…cathedral don’t ya know.
Beautiful.
Written 8 October 2023
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK1,85,732 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
A church has been at this location since the 4th century, although the present building dates from the 12th century with Baroque additions later on. The facade is red brick, like many buildings in Bologna. The facade is simple Baroque, with broken pediments and a salient roof. When we went inside, a mass was about to start, so it was necessary to stay near the entrance and make it a quick visit. The high altar has a Romanesque style roof, but decorated in Baroque with a painting of the Annunciation below the vault. The centrepiece of the high altar is a golden sculpture of Jesus enthroned. Just to the right of the entrance is a sculptural ensemble depicting Lamentation over the dead Christ by Alfonso Lombardi. The piece is composed of life-size figures in terracotta displaying dramatic scenes. The expressions of grief and torment are intensified by the realism of their facial details. While the feeling of grief is accentuated by the central figure of Mary being supported by two female figures as she collapses from shock.
Written 25 July 2023
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Florian
Canton of Valais, Switzerland23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
A short guided tour (english and italian) for 5 euros up to the tower of the church with some interesting and historic facts about the building of the tower. On the top of the tower we had an amazing view over the city!
Written 23 July 2023
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Francisco Jose Fernandez Sanchez
Las Rozas, Spain601 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Surrounded as it is by so many impressive monuments and installed in a street, it almost goes unnoticed by the tourist but the truth is that it deserves a detailed visit
The facade is typical of the Baroque style
In the bell tower there is the largest Bolognese bell called the grandmother that weighs 33 quintals. The heavy weight of the concert in the bell tower –a solemn concert with four bells– induces a very powerful wave. This is so true that sometimes Grandma is left with her mouth up after doubles
The interior is characterized by a single nave with side chapels
The gallery is entirely occupied by the presbytery, which is elevated by a few steps from the rest of the church, covered by a splendidly decorated groin vault.
The visit of the cathedral is free, so enjoy it
Written 13 April 2023
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HeatherMegaMauriFan
London273 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
There are so many churches that look like cathedrals and then there's the Cathedral, hidden away it seems and with an air of grace when you enter. The columns at the altar and the simplicity of it in comparison to the other churches made it a very humbling experience. I even saw some net curtains on the windows.
Written 6 April 2023
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jordanellie41
Longridge, UK1,058 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
This is a huge cathedral from the outside set on a very busy road in the city. It's facade is mainly terracotta with some white stone and boasts tow huge pillars and a single large window along with many white figurines that compliment it's terracotta background. To the exterior rear there's a single steeple that can just be seen down a side street from the front of the church. Inside it's massive but simplistic in design without having any real magical features. The altar has two giant pillars each side and there's huge arches running all the way down it's length. There's large paintings that adorn it's walls along with numerous decorative features especially it's fresco ceiling above the altar
Written 23 February 2023
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