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Basilica di San Giacomo Maggiore

Piazza Rossini - 40126 Bologna (BO)

Phone +39 051 225970

Fax +39 051 239059

Reference maps: C-5

Date of last update: 26/03/2018, 13:31

The Church of San Giacomo Maggiore is located in one of the most charming squares of Bologna. It was built between 1267 and 1315 on behalf of the fathers belonging to the Order of the Hermits of St. Augustine. It was renovated at the end of the 15th century and its style is a pastiche of different forms and features: Romanesque (the façade), Gothic (the sacristy and some chapels), High Renaissance (the nave and other chapels).

Inside the building there is only one wide and bright nave where two chapels can be found: Bentivoglio and Poggi. The first one was built on behalf of the Bentivoglio Family: Annibale I Bentivoglio had it raised in 1445 and then Giovanni II had it enlarged in 1486. It is still one of the most important works of art dating back to the early Renaissance period in Bologna.

The second chapel, Poggi, was designed by Pellegrino Tibaldi in 1561 on behalf of the cardinal Giovanni Poggi. Pellegrino Tibaldi first built the chapel and then enriched it with some paintings such as “Il Battesimo di Cristo” (the Baptism of Christ) and “Storie del Battista” (Stories about John the Baptist). There are also other important works of art such as Anton Galeazzo Bentivoglio's grave by Jacopo della Quercia (1453), the painting portraying St Rocco by Lodovico Carracci, two wooden crucifixes by Jacopo di Paolo (15th century), many gothic polyptychs and some valuable paintings dating back to the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.

Beside the church there is an elegant Renaissance portico (1477-1481) characterized by tall columns and a nice frieze.  

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. 8-9 direction city center.

Church - from Monday to Friday - 7.30 - 12.30 am and 3.30 - 6.30 pm; Saturday, Sunday and holidays - 8.30 am - 12.30 am and 3.00 - 6.30 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. 051 6480611.

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.

Basilica di San Giacomo Maggiore