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Basilica di San Giacomo Maggiore

Piazza Rossini - 40126 Bologna (BO)

Phone +39051225970

Fax +39 051 239059

Reference maps: C-5

Date of last update: 21/02/2020, 15:12

Located in one of the most attractive squares in Bologna, piazza Rossini, the Church of San Giacomo Maggiore was built between 1267 and 1315 by the Eremite friars of Sant'Agostino.

Renovated at the end of the 15h century, San Giacomo presents forms deriving from a pastiche of different styles: Romanesque on the outside, Gothic and late Renaissance on the inside. The latter, which consists of a single large and bright nave, houses famous art treasures, including the Bentivoglio Chapel and the Poggi Chapel. The first, which was built during the 15th century, is still one of the most significant creations of the early Bolognese Renaissance. The second, instead, was constructed during the following century and was designed by Pellegrino Tibaldi for Cardinal Giovanni Poggi.

The Renaissance portico that flanks the church is extremely elegant. This portico leads to the church of Santa Cecilia, enriched with splendid frescoes depicting episodes from the life of the Saint and San Valeriano, executed in 1504-06 by the best masters of the Bolognese school.

The bell tower, which was built in 1471, is located to the left of the complex and is approximately 55 metres high. The bells concert is considered among the most beautiful in the city.

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

by car: located in restricted traffic zone ZTL. Ring road exits n. 8-9 direction city center.

Church - from Monday to Friday - 8.00 - 12.00 am and 3.30 - 6.00 pm; Saturday, Sunday and holidays - 8.30 am - 12.00 am and 3.00 - 6.00 pm. 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. 051225970.

entrance from Via Zamboni

In cooperation with Touring Club Italiano – Bologna each Saturday "CAPPELLA BENTIVOGLIO" will be open from 9,30 am to 12,30pm.
ONLY for groups with guide the reservation is required by email:  conventosgiacomomaggiore@gmail.com as well as a contribution for the costs.

The bell tower is usually not open to the public.

Basilica di San Giacomo Maggiore