Basilica di San Domenico is one of the richest churches in Bologna in terms of history and art. San Domenico from Guzman, the Spanish founder of the Order of Preachers (also known as the Dominican Order or the Dominicans), arrived in Bologna around 1200 and took possession of the area where now his church may be found. After his death in 1221, some monks decided to have a bigger church built, where they could homage San Domenico (his reamins may be still found in the fascinating San Domenico chapel inside a marble ark Inside the chapel, precious sculptures by Nicola Pisano, Alfonso Lombardini, G.B. Boudard and Niccolò dell'Arca may be seen. The church is located in Piazza San Domenico and features a sober Romanesque façade, next to which the Ghisilardi Chapel by Baldassarre Peruzzi may be found.
The inside area was restored between 1727-32 by Carlo Francesco Dotti, who combined the two ancient medieval nucleus in one bright building, now hosting precious works of art like some paintings by Guercino (San Tommaso – St Thomas), Luca Cambiaso (Natività - Nativity), Filippino Lippi (Sposalizio mistico di S. Caterina – St Catherine's mystic wedding), Lodovico Carracci (San Raimondo - St Raymond), Giunta Pisano (Crocifisso - Crucifix).
The statues of S. Petronio and S. Procolo and the angel by Michelangelo, along with the decorations of the chapel (Glorificazione di S. Domenico – St. Dominic's glorification by Guido Reni), the evocative monastery's cloisters and San Domenico’s cell are particularly important,
The wooden choir by the monk Damiano from Bergamo is a masterpiece of the Renaissance period (1528-51): it was admired by the Emperor Carlo V and it is still considered as the eighth wonder of the world.
Source:Curia Arcivescovileand Le Chiese di Bologna (L'Inchiostroblu)
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