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Basilica of San Domenico

Piazza San Domenico, 13 - 40124 Bologna (BO)

Phone +39 051 6400411

Reference maps: E-4

Date of last update: 10/05/2016, 17:30

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 Arcivescovile and Le Chiese di Bologna (L'Inchiostroblu)

by bus: lines and timetables on the website www.tper.it

by car: located in restricted traffic zone ZTL. Ring road exits n. 11/11bis-12 direction city center.

From Monday to Friday 9.00am - 12.00pm and 3.30pm - 6.00 pm; Saturday  9.00am - 12.00pm and 3.30pm - 5.00pm and Sunday 3.30pm - 5.00pm. During the religious services, the tourist visit could be limited or suspended. Opening times can be subjected to little changes. For further information please call: Curia Arcivescovile tel. 051 6480611.

For two Saturdays a month guided tours in Italian to the treasures of the Basilica and the convent: the chapels, the choir, the rooms of the Inquisition, the cell of St. Dominic and other places normally not accessible to the public, on the traces of the Saint, his charisma and his Order.

Visits start at 10.30am and 3.30pm
meeting point inside the Basilica

 

17 - 24 October 2015
14 - 21 November 2015
05 - 12 December 2015
09 - 16 January 2016
06 - 13 February 2016
05 - 12 March 2016
09 - 16 April 2016
07 - 14 May 2016
11 - 18 June 2016


*Possibility of visits in English and visits, requested in advance, on other dates for groups of more than 7 people

 

FREE DONATION - reservation not requested

info: visitesandomenico@libero.it  - 051 6400411 fra' Adriano Cavallo - email: fr.adriop@libero.it
www.conventosandomenico.org - www.arcadominici.org

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Basilica di San Domenico