The Basilica of San Domenico (Basilica di San Domenico) is one of the richest churches in Bologna in art history and was erected by the Dominican Friars as a place to store the remains of San Domenico di Guzman, founder of the order and who arrived in Bologna around 1200.
Inside there are priceless works of art by authors such as Guercino, Filippino Lippi and Ludovico Carracci. In the Chapel of San Domenico stands the ark embellished with sculptures by Michelangelo, Nicola Pisano, Alfonso Lombardi and surmounted by a marble cornice modelled in 1469-73 by Niccolò da Puglia called “dell’Arca”, also author of the Lamentation over the Dead Christ (Compianto sul Cristo Morto) preserved in the church of Santa Maria della Vita.
The masterpiece of Renaissance inlay is the wooden choir of Fra’ Damiano da Bergamo, defined by contemporaries as the eighth wonder of the worldand also admired by emperor Carlo V.
The church also has a bell tower, erected in 1313 in Gothic style and 51 metres high. While the Convent of San Domenico houses the Library with a heritage of 90.000 volumes that span from Dominican philosophy, to Dominican theology, history and spirituality.
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Basilica di San Domenico: 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. Library: Monday to Friday 9:00am - 1:00pm, Biblioteca: dal lunedì al venerdì 9.00 – 13.00, afternoon by appointment.