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Basilica di San Petronio

Basilica di San Petronio

Named in honour of Bologna’s patron saint, Petronius – the city’s 8th bishop from 431 to 450, the Basilica is the most imposing (132 by 66m, and 47m high) and most important church in Bologna.

Complesso di Santo Stefano

Complesso di Santo Stefano

Also known as the "Seven churches", the Basilica of St. Stefano is the most peculiar church complex in Bologna. Its origins are still a moot point. For someone it was built in 430 divided into seven churches, in order to symbolically represent the places of Christ’s Passion. Another theory states that the Basilica was built by Saint Petronio, on the ruins of a pre-existent pagan temple.

Santuario di San Luca

Santuario di San Luca

One of the symbols of Bologna: it’s a traditional place of worship because of the Virgin of St. Luke painting behind the altar;  it is also the reassuring visual landmark for Bolognesi returning home.

Basilica di San Domenico

Basilica di San Domenico

One of the richest churches in Bologna for the historical art, it is the Preaching Order’s first creation and guardian of its founder S. Domenico’s mortal remains.